Preparing Your Child for Campus Party Life

Help raise awareness of drinking, and protect them from sexual assault

Final exams had just wrapped up last spring as Leah and a few friends celebrated at a bar near her BIG 10 college campus. She was chatting with a young man, a friend of a friend, when he reached up under her shorts and asked, “Do you want to go home and bang?” Shocked, Leah pulled away as he laughed at her. “You need to learn some respect for women,” she told him.

Sadly, the 19-year-old junior’s encounter is all too common on college campuses. One in 5 female students has been assaulted, and just 12 percent of such attacks are reported to law enforcement, according to a White House Task Force report. Sexual assault encompasses a wide range of nonconsensual acts, such as fondling, sending naked pictures and forcible sex. And the attack is usually by an acquaintance met while drinking in a dorm room, off-campus apartment or local bar, or at a party.

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