College Students Are Still Being Raped During the COVID-19 Shutdown: How Prevention and Response Mechanisms Must Adapt

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The pandemic is increasing conditions that facilitate sexual assault. College campuses must take steps to protect students—based on evidence of what works. Pictured: A sign from the Slutwalk in Berlin in 2011. (Álvaro Villalba)

Unlike Aprils past, campuses and communities are seeing little to no fanfare about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

Awareness marches, SlutWalks, clothesline projects, restaurant fundraisers, and other crowdfunding drives to support services for survivors of sexual assault have disappeared as social distancing and stay-at-home orders have rightfully been implemented across the country to help contain COVID-19. 

Although some digital awareness and support campaigns continue this April, the necessary loss of public SAAM activities is occurring just as the pandemic is increasing many of the environmental and social conditions that facilitate…

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