"Our universities cannot go on like this. Girls enter university and find themselves in a world of sexual assault, objectification and harassment. We’re shown that even if you say no, he can still have sex with you. That it’s your fault if you were too drunk, and that your clothes ask for attention. We’re being told to shut up and cover up."
In the women’s bathroom of my building, someone wrote:
"1 in 3 women at this university is sexually assaulted.
I am one.”
And someone else added “me, too.”
This is relatively new graffiti. It appeared in the last few months or maybe half a year. Over time, I have seen a “me three” appear and then a “me four.” As of this past Friday, eight women have anonymously disclosed their sexual assaults on that wall.
I think this is a lot of what happens - solitary, under florescent lights, young women scratch their pain onto steel walls, hoping to excise it from their skins, relieved and sickened they’re not completely alone.
At freshman orientation we had a woman from the police force come to talk to us about sexual assault. It was a lot of “don’t leave your drink unattended” and “don’t go into a strangers room by yourself”, but the one thing I will never forget is her telling us not to report a rape/sexual assault to a female police officer because she is more likely to judge you. She will judge you. That was the moment I realized that as a woman I am not safe in this society and it will stay with me forever.