The problem appears to be getting much worse:
About three thousand undergraduate women start their college careers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill each fall. By the time they graduate, nearly half are likely to experience sexual assault or misconduct. A quarter are likely to experience assaults that meet the definition of rape -- and that’s only the women.
Those numbers are based on the anonymous responses of college seniors at UNC-Chapel Hill who participated in the largest survey ever about sexual violence on college campuses.
Not trying to blame the victim here, but: The magic number is 2. While female students may still be vulnerable using the buddy system, the "he said, she said" dynamic is broken. That potentially corroborating witness will discourage most budding rapists, and they will go to great lengths to separate you. You don't go to a party, or leave a party, without your sidekick. Rushing, crushing, pledging, or even going to the fricking library, go with a friend. Lecture over, here's more:
“I'm frustrated that seven years ago I was having these exact conversations about solving the problem of sexual violence on college campuses at a different institution,” Weinstein said.
Weinstein reported being raped by a fellow student, back when she was a first-year student at George Washington University.
“I was pushed out of conversations, forced out of rooms, encouraged to leave the university,” Weinstein said. “And at UNC, I feel that I'm being asked to sit in those rooms and to share my thoughts, and I just hope people listen.”
That takes a level of courage I simply can't comprehend as a male. And the University needs to match that courage, and not run from it or cover its ears.