Akron, OH– Sexual harassment and assault on college campuses has been a topic of national discussion for several years now. Even the White House weighed in on the problem last year, launching a program to help combat this nascent and pervasive problem. But despite outreach programs and Department of Education investigations, many female college students face assault and harassment.
The Association of American University recently conducted an online survey of 150,000 college students, including undergraduates, at 27 universities to gauge their experiences with sexual assault on their campuses. Ohio State University was one of the colleges examined and the results show that a large number of students are sexually assaulted.
Twenty-four percent of female undergraduates at Ohio State University experienced sexual assault. That’s a low figure compared to the University of Michigan or University of Southern California where 30 percent of female undergraduates experienced sexual assault, according to the Washington Post.
When asked about the climate surrounding sexual assault and misconduct (harassment), a majority of female and male students believed they would treated fairly if they reported the behavior. However, undergraduate women were less optimistic with only 52 percent saying they trusted the school to take appropriate actions, compared to 57 percent of men.
Students were also asked if they believed they would face retaliation if the reported the misconduct. Again, men were more optimistic; only 19 percent felt as though they would be retaliated against while 23 percent of women feared retaliation.
Less than half of female college students, only 48 percent, felt as though their college would take action against their attacker and only 38 percent felt as though administrators would take steps to prevent sexual assault.
Fellow students were also unlikely to stop an assault if they witnessed one. The study found that only 22 percent of respondents, male and female, intervened to stop a sexual assault.
This study focused on sexual assault because there is a shameful number of college age women and men facing sexual abuse, but sexual harassment is also pervasive. A 2014 study by American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that at least 62 percent of college women and 61 percent of college men report being sexually harassed on their campus. Only about 10 percent actually report the harassment.
If sexual violence and harassment are not curtailed in college, it can trickle down into the workplace. Sexual misconduct must be addressed and corrected as soon as it is brought to the attention of someone in a position to stop it, whether that happens to be at college or in the workplace. If you are the victim of a hostile work environment, meet with a sexual harassment lawyer in Ohio to determine if you are eligible for compensation.
Victims of gender discrimination or sexual harassment should speak with an employment law attorney near their Ohio location for their expert advice. They can guide you through the steps you need to take stop the harassment and help you build solid civil suit. USAttorneys can connect you with a lawyer so you can hold your harasser and employer accountable.