Dear Mr./Mrs. President,
Today I am coming to you with a serious issue on the rise that needs to be resolved. Sexual Assault on college campuses is at an all time high. Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career. And more than half of raped college women tell no one of their victimization. College freshmen and sophomore women appear to be at greater risk of being victims of sexual assault than are upperclassmen. 84% of the women who reported sexually coercive experienced the incident during their first four semesters on campus.
These statistics are all great concerns of mine, especially because I will be a college student next year. This hits very close to home because just a few months ago, one of my family friends who just started college was raped on her college campus. Also, just a week ago, someone in our very own state up at the University of Utah was also raped. Another alarming statistic that doesn’t just involve rape is that 30% of the college women who said they had been raped contemplated suicide after the incident. Suicide is another widely spread issue that needs to be resolved. So, preventing sexual assault could also prevent suicides.
Im hoping some of the information I shared with you influences you to do something about sexual assault not only on college campuses, but everywhere. No one deserves to feel threatened or be violated. Thank you.