There is always danger no matter where you go, whether you’re driving your car or walking to your dorm late at night, there is always some type of danger lurking out there. To think that so early in the semester there has been a sexual assault reported on September 5th, 2016 that occurred in plain daylight at Martin Hall.
Last year when I was a freshman, when I received an email stating there was a sexual assault on campus, I was completely shocked about it. Most of the emails that I received as the year went by kept involving an acquaintance of some sort. With statistics coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), among female rape victims, perpetrators were reported to be intimate partners (51.1%), family members (12.5%), acquaintances (40.8%) and strangers (13.8%).
The recent sexual assault on Sept. 5th is disheartening, to know that a fellow Javelina was assaulted and to think that it keeps on happening. TAMUK needs to take a major step in ensuring the safety of the students and should compile all the places that these incidents are taking place and they should add more security or take safety precautions using the data they collect.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a very safe campus and the school offers many resources for students. There are several things that students can do to defend themselves; there are also some self-defense training classes that were recently being offered. There is also one event that is dedicated to empowering women to stand strong against sexual assault, domestic violence and gender violence.
Due to the recent sexual assault, I ask that all the Javelinas of TAMUK take their time to put out a watchful eye for one another. We should be taking care of each other and making sure that we are all safe. We have to report any unusual activity, and take a stand to voice our concerns. If you ever need to go out late at night let somebody know where you’re going, or download the Rave Guardian App, which allows you to set guardians and there is a panic button that requires you to input your pre-set code before it calls your guardians and 911.
Together we need to stand up for our safety. We need to be aware of our surroundings and be there for each other when we need to be. This sexual assault occurred so early into the semester and we need to be there for our fellow Javelinas and lend our support to each other. Justice will come down onto the victim’s attacker and he will be punished for what he has done. He has committed such a horrendous crime and he deserves to be put in jail for what he has done.