Active Bystander, Campus Safety, ICU Application Rape is a societal issue, not just a college issue

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Stanford University student Brock Turner, his face synonymous with sexual assault on college campuses, is expected to serve half of his six month sentence, which touched off a social media firestorm and put campus safety into the spotlight.

But victim advocates say this is not just a college issue, but a societal issue.

In what seems like the blink of an eye your child is moving into their college dorm. You think of how fast the 18 years have gone, how these next four will go even faster. But what you never expect is to get a call that your son or daughter has been sexually assaulted.

“I don’t think any parent wants to get the call that their child has been charged with a sex crime, and that can be prevented by asking consent,” victims advocate Erin Williams Hueter said.

As students prepare for college in the fall Williams Hueter encourages parents to start having conversations with their children now.

“When it’s okay to touch somebody, when it’s okay to ask someone to be with you, what does it really mean to say yes, what does sexual behavior look like,” she said.

The victim in the Stanford case wrote a powerful letter addressing Turner, that has since gone viral. In it, she exposes the blame, guilt and personal violation she endured. She repeatedly brings up her inability to consent the night of the attack. Victim advocates say the only way that will change, if we change as a society.

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