Abstract

Sexual assault, harassment, and rape are serious issues that many college students face today. Research shows that colleges and universities that students attend have failed to properly address these issues. The purpose of this research is to examine victim perspectives of their treatment by Universities following a sexual assault or harassment victimization with the expectation that victims’ perspectives posted on social media will exemplify how institutions of higher education and Title IX policies have not been sufficient in addressing cases of sexual assault and harassment on campus. I found that it was not just the policies hurting survivors but also the unsupportive campus environments and stigma surrounding sexual assault, especially in Greek life and athletics. I recommend that universities should work to not only improve their policies but also promote a positive and supportive environment on their campuses through the use of yearly sexual assault education/prevention programs for all students, improved mental health resources, enacting more policies that align with the feminist gender-based models of advocacy, and modifications to compelled disclosure policies, among others.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2021

Mentor

Victoria Collins

Mentor Department Affiliation

Justice Studies

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level

Bachelors

Department

Justice Studies

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Clustered Column Chart of the Number of Victims that Mentioned Administration or Title IX Issues per School

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Pie Chart of the Number of Cases that Involved Greek Life or Athletics

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Pie Chart of the Percentage of Cases Reported to the Schools

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Pie Chart of the Percentage of Cases that Resulted in the Offender Being Punished

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Pie Chart of the Percentage of Victims that were Freshman at the Time of their Sexual Assault/Harassment

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Pie Chart of the Percentage of Victims that Mentioned Negative Mental Health Side Effects

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Stacked Column Chart of the Number of Victims that Mentioned Side Effects of their Sexual Assault/Harassment per School

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