Sexual assault may not seem like the most immediate threat to a young woman sent off to college this fall. Yet it’s a sobering fact that, over the course of her four-year career, a female student’s chance of being raped is approximately one in four. That’s the same chance as catching the flu in the average year (20-25%).
Safety from sexual violence, which includes not just rape but any forced or unwanted sexual activity, is a basic human right.
Spiritual leaders and faith communities—campus ministries or congregations in the university neighborhood—can take a few simple actions to increase women’s safety on campus. Everyone has a basic right to sanctuary, a safe space to flourish and grow.
The infographic below offers a few statistics and what can be done to make women feel more safe on campus.