“College parties are a great way to socialize and make new friends.
But you’ll never be as safe as at a party when you’re at your own home,” said Emily E. Rabinowitz, director of the National Institute of Justice’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Research Program.
“You’re likely to have more physical and sexual assault,” she added.
The research showed that nearly all reported rapes happened at party venues.
But those who were at home also had a significantly higher risk of sexual assault than those who weren’t.
A party is “a place where you’re alone, where you’ve been raped, and where the perpetrator has been at the party,” Rabinowitz said.
“We don’t know what’s going on in those homes.”
It’s important to understand that rape is rape, Rabinosz said.
And rape happens, and it happens to all women.
But the problem is that we don’t often think about how it happened.
We think of it as a stranger touching you or groping you or being forceful with you.
Ravinosz called on the federal government to require parties to have clear signage that says, “No sexual activity is allowed in this venue.”
In states where this is a crime, the party must be supervised by an officer who will conduct a background check and then report the violation to the police, Ravinowitz said.
If the party doesn’t have a police officer, the police officer will contact the party and “report the incident to the appropriate authorities.”
She also said that in states that have passed rape-related laws, the state will take over policing the party, but it should be up to the individual state legislature to decide what happens in their own homes.
“There are no rules that say if you go to a party you have to be a student or you have the ability to stay home,” Ravinowitz added.
“What happens at the parties should be between the parties and between people.”