College campuses are seen as a place for growth, exploration, and education in a nurturing and accepting environment. However, for many, it becomes a place of torment, pain, and humiliation. Sexual assaults on college campuses across the United States are committed at alarmingly high rates, and unfortunately, the treatment of victims after their assault only compounds their pain and trauma. The pervasiveness of these crimes and the negativity that victims are met with is due to the "rape culture" that so much of our society is steeped in.
On this site you will find research and information on why the post-assault process is so traumatizing and what can be done to improve it. I will focus specifically on the reactions in the victims' peer groups.