Sexual Assault and Campus Security- Can Academics Learn Something New?

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Sexual Assault and Campus Security- Can Academics Learn Something New?

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I respect education because it is better to learn from other’s mistakes than to suffer them yourself. That said, it seems particularly hard for academics to incorporate new ideas on campus. A shining example of this shortcoming is violence on campus. College administrators keep doing the same old thing as long as students keep paying to risk rape and robbery.

Let me describe the campus safety problem in unfamiliar terms.

Security at a work site vs. Security at Colleges

You manage a large industrial site. People and materials come on and off the site every day. One-out-of-20 of your female employees will be sexually assaulted each year. They will be assaulted on your property as well as nearby as they move on and off your site. Your employees, your customers and your suppliers will also be robbed by fellow employees and by outside criminals who enter your property.

A 5 percent injury rate with multiple days-lost from work would shut down most private job sites. That level of injury due to criminal activity and employer negligence is simply unacceptable for a commercial firm. Unfortunately, there is a terrible injury rate that we treat as the cost of doing business for public colleges and universities.

Safety is our priority
Safety is our priority

For perspective, the combined illness and injury rate for all private employers is about half the rate of sexual assault on women as reported by US colleges and universities.

This safety problem persists on campus because of the conflict between ideology and reality. If strangers enter your property to rob your employees, then you establish a secure physical boundary. You would certainly do that at home and you’d do that most other places you work. You’d badge people onto and off of your property. You’d install security cameras.

Those are the sorts of things you do..unless you’re working in the ivory tower and surrounded by ivy covered inertia.

Industry faces risk to their employees on the job every day. In that setting, you require your staff to work in teams when they are in a known hazardous location..like traveling near the college library at night..or walking to their car in the dark parking lot. At an industrial plant, maybe you’ll have to close that section of the facility (the campus) when you don’t have sufficient staff to ensure the physical safety of your workers (students and staff).  Said another way, you’d restrict library and lab hours if you don’t have campus cops in place.

Those are the simple safety measures we see when employers are held responsible for injuries on their property.

We don’t see these safety measures adopted on a college campus.

As an employer, you would also encourage your employees to wear personal protective equipment. It would be a term of employment in some work situations. You want your employees to wear eye-protection when they work with power tools at home, but you’d also require it on the job site.  You’d hire security personnel to safely escort your employees onto and off of your work site. It happens every day in businesses. Universities do it for a football game on the weekend, but they don’t put on extra security staff for the graduate student walking to the parking garage late at night.

On campus, it is entirely acceptable to hand out free condoms to teenage freshman, but it is not “acceptable” to allow licensed adults to carry their legal firearm on campus for their personal protection. On some campuses, even faculty and staff can’t have pepper spray.

Think about that for a minute. We’re telling the future leaders of our country, and their instructors, that we don’t trust them with a can of pressurized spice in their pocket or purse.

Other organizations have solved much harder security problems than the ones faced by colleges and universities, yet academic institutions remain unsafe year after year. This isn’t a problem of technology. It isn’t even a problem of manpower and cost. It is a problem of ideology and will. Administrators will ignore the number of sexual assaults and robberies on campus until students choose to get their education someplace safer.

There was a time when we accepted deaths and injuries when we built large-scale industrial plants or as we worked in mines. We don’t do that any longer. It is time to re-examine our assumptions about unsafe campuses.

The academics need our help when it comes to violence on campus. There are psychological reasons they can’t see the issue clearly. We’ll talk about that in another post.

Please stay safe.

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About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 5 thoughts on “Sexual Assault and Campus Security- Can Academics Learn Something New?

    1. Australian journalism touts …”a country where mass shooting occurs daily”… since this recent “Florida school shooting” (Feb 15 2018) .
      However, (pot to not call the kettle black – pardon the pun), Australia has very peculiar methods of mass killing and
      many more than it likes to admit.
      HERE’S ONE !!! The black Saturday fires in Victoria Australia 2009 that killed 150 people had one particular deadly fire toll from a lone person considered to have been witnessed to light that fire deliberately that slots inside the college high school age bracket alike the USA school college mass shooters !!!!
      (note: Melbourn Australia Hoddle street Micheal Knight is quite relative to that context)

      Inaction by Florida’s government seems to be the US peoples blame(at this sage).
      But the truth be known 1:1 ratio of USA mass shootings are schools and colleges (reactive inexperienced age in wide social populous), NOT law abiding adult citizens, and would be interesting to compare with working teenagers in the context of secondary schools or legal working age high school students.

      It appears it would be better to have some type of extra handling or restrictive laws upon people that leave school effectively straight to college or have never experienced “self reliant upkeep” relating firearms and mass shooting and the number of mass shootings in USA would be slashed in half guaranteed !!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. End the whole
      Title IX” nonsense. It, whenpassed into law, had naught to do with the typical carousing and loose morals we read about so often, when people are aaccused days, even weeks, after because one of the “adult” participants had a change of mind about how consensual the activity was. A clear distinction needs to be made between genuine forcible rape/assault, and what is so often labelled “rape” when there is a falling out between the pair days or weeks later, after contunued sexual activity with no compulsion involved. The worst of it is what should be fully prosecuted criminally gets taken to some administrative college kangaroo court where the outcome is most often decided well ahead of hearing any evideince, the parties are not allowed to cross examine testimony or call other witnesses on their own behalf. Franz Kafka would be proud of these “tribunals” and their outcome. This is, in reality, a different but very real sort of sexual assault.

      The BEST, by far, means of dealing with this issue was mentioned. I remember the testimony of the woman who was violently raped at University of Nevada Reno, later testifying to the Colorado legislature who were being asked to allow concealed carry on campi within that state. Her assailant had waited, hidden behind her car in a parking garage, some fifty feet away from the college rant-a-cop station, closed at that late hour. Her lawfully possessed handgun was, per law at the time, locked inside her car, NOT on her person. Some of those in the hearing insulted her by suggesting things she “could have done”, such as pee on him, submit so you don’t get hurt, carry a rape whistle……. what utter tripe!!!! The statistics over a few recent years, two different colleges in the same Colorado city, one allowed concealed carry, the other maintained a Certified Defenseless Victim Zone. Guess where ALL the rapes were?

      OH, but we CAN”T have “children” going about armed on a college campus, how could anyone remain secure and comfortable with HANDGUNS in the same room??!!?? (concealed means no one else knows… I carried on a major college campus for months, not one person ever had a clue) The same lame whinge was trotted out as National Parks carry was considered..”what about all the visitors, there will be piles of dead bodies on the trails, ” etc. Funny questioni: over the years this has since been allowed, how many unjustified shootings have taken place in National Parks? Let me put them in round numbers.. a big fat ZERO. Same will happen at colleges.

    3. Students are learning they must protect themselves, Girls, get a 99¢ razor knife and carry it, blade extended, every where you may be in danger. If attacked throw the left arm up towards the face and slice low across the abdomen or legs.

    4. For one thing, private employers and their employees are subject to being sued. Try suing the State and it’s employees. It is all about money for most people. To make them change their ways you must hurt them in their pocketbook.

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