Guest Author: Rob Stott, Associations Now
As one of two fraternities signed on to the White House’s “It’s On Us” initiative, Tau Kappa Epsilon is working to spread awareness of sexual assault on college campuses. A key goal: Help students learn intervention skills to stop an attack before it starts.
Although the credibility of a scathing Rolling Stone report on an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity crumbled last week, the article brought into the spotlight an issue that has dogged college campuses for years.
UVA isn’t alone in its struggles with addressing sexual assault: A 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that nearly one in five college-aged women experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault, and a Department of Justice study released last week found that college students are less likely to report such assaults.
In a letter to UVA last week, national fraternity and sorority organizations outlined legislative steps that they were taking to address the issue, but one Greek organization is taking a different route to raise awareness and boost prevention.