Their time out of class is filled with club meetings, sports practice and community-service projects.For some, the only time they truly feel off the clock is when they are drinking at a campus bar or at one of the fraternities that line Locust Walk, the main artery of campus.“I positioned myself in college in such a way that I can’t have a meaningful romantic relationship, because I’m always busy and the people that I am interested in are always busy, too,” she said.
“I think that as a society we have always downplayed the impact of sexual assault, but it can have a very significant impact on its victims.
It’s important that we as a community make sure we have a center that provides all the services a victim of sexual assault needs.” The Rape Crisis Center serves all of Dane County and provides various services for sexual assault victims including a 24 hour help line that is staffed by trained volunteer counselors, medical and legal advocacy as well as counseling and support groups. “From the time somebody calls us to the time they go to the hospital or seek counseling, we are there.
“But there are so many other things going on in my life that I find so important that I just, like, can’t make time, and I don’t want to make time.” It is by now pretty well understood that traditional dating in college has mostly gone the way of the landline, replaced by “hooking up” — an ambiguous term that can signify anything from making out to oral sex to intercourse — without the emotional entanglement of a relationship.
Until recently, those who studied the rise of hookup culture had generally assumed that it was driven by men, and that women were reluctant participants, more interested in romance than in casual sexual encounters.
Java Jive will feature coffee and tea tastings from local vendors, brunch, live music, raffles and a silent auction at the Brink Lounge on Sept. Erin Thornley, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center, believes the event is a great way to gather and have fun as a community while spreading awareness about sexual assault.
“Sexual assault remains a silent epidemic,” Thornley said.
The center has offices on college campuses throughout Madison and sends counselors to local high schools to teach what consent really means.
“We no longer call teaching women how not to get raped prevention education,” Thornley said. The vast majority of sexual assaults are committed by men, including cases where the victim is male.” The Rape Crisis Center has also launched new initiatives to ensure that sexual assault is being confronted in the most efficient and inclusive ways.
Their new program, Game Changers, invites high school students to apply to an advisory board made up of 16 students from various geographic, ethnic and gender backgrounds and helps them become leaders who play a hands-on role against sexual assault year round.
According to Thornley, the center also is focusing on providing more culturally appropriate and specific services to African American, Latino and deaf clients.
But there is an increasing realization that young women are propelling it, too.