Diversity Awareness Programming speaks Uncensored

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DAP uncensored rape 3Olivia Yonce | oyonce@radford.edu

Radford University’s Diversity Awareness Programming (DAP) held the second Uncensored event on rape and consent March 29 and had a great turnout. The wonderful and informational setup included a PowerPoint and a few videos.

“It wasn’t what I was expecting in a good way. I like how DAP uncensored allows the audience to voice and reflect their thoughts. It was great getting to hear other students, especially the male audience, come out and share the experience. To make the event better, if this is possible, it would’ve been more relatable if they talked about sexual assault statistics at other universities or even Radford,” Elease Cook, a Radford student, said.

The event provided a plethora of information about sexual assault. Each year there are roughly 293,000 victims of sexual assault. 17.7 million women in the United States have been victims of attempted or completed rape, while 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape. The best course of action, if a friend confides in you about an assault, is to not blame them, and to simply listen. It is crucial to be there for a victim during their time of need.

“This is an issue that needs to be more educated. Some people still do not know the meaning of no,” Sierra Coakley said.

98 percent of abusers of a rape or sexual assault do not see the inside of a prison cell or their sentences. Even when the crime is reported, it is unlikely to lead to an arrest and prosecution. Factoring in unreported rapes, only about 2 percent of rapists will ever serve a day in prison.

Victims of rape are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Student counseling is provided in the basement of Tyler Hall. They work to protect the confidentiality of the students they see.