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Obama Administration [finally!] Addressing Sexual Assault on College Campuses

I hate to be the one to break it to Robin Thicke, but in light of President Obama’s most recent decision, it doesn’t seem like he and Michelle will be dancing around the oval office to ‘Blurred Lines’ anytime in the near future.

On January 22nd, President Obama signed a memorandum calling for a Task Force on campus sexual assault and my inner feminist read the news coverage with as much enthusiasm as I tend to yell “NO SLUT SHAMING” at people while out in the city.

There has been a lot of attention placed on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses this past year, following the success of the Title IX network, which helped students file federal complaints against their schools for mishandling and under-reporting rape on campus. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 17 men have been raped and that on college campuses, only about 12% of assaults are actually reported to law enforcement.

Obama’s task force consists of four women and three men and will be co-chaired by designees of the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls. This fact alone is reason enough for me to be happy, considering an issue which effects women is actually being tackled by a majority of women. Obama might want to keep that part quiet, though. FOX News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck might accuse of him of threatening the nation’s security with all this feminism talk going around.

The group will have ninety days to submit proposals to Obama himself, describing how they think we can prevent and respond to further sexual assault cases, as well as a way to measure the success of anything that is eventually implemented.

The President is also stressing the importance of having the input of students and survivors that are directly affected by this legislation. Are those Beyonce lyrics I’m hearing? Because this sounds ***Flawless to me.

There’s no way of knowing how this will actually affect the reporting of rape on college campuses, but even if Obama’s statements and efforts only make a dent in the number of sexual assault cases prevented and/or reported across the country, it will be marginally better than the lack of effort being made as of now.

So, thank you, President Obama, for being the change Detective Olivia Benson and I wish to see in the world.

Chelsea McDonnell is a staff writer for the Hub. She can be reached at mcdonnellc@emmanuel.edu. Follow her on twitter @chelsea_lynn_!

Posted by on February 8, 2014. Filed under Opinions & Editorials,The Week's End. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.