That's how many women report being sexually assaulted during their college career. (https://www.aau.edu/key-issues/aau-climate-survey-sexual-assault-and-sexual-misconduct-2015)
This is a known statistic. Parents send their children to school with this knowledge.
Let's have some perspective. If I were to give a tour at Sewanee, and tell prospective students that there was a 25% chance that they would be shot at during a drive-by shooting, none of them would attend. Common sense would prevail, making it clear that college campuses are not safe. And yet, eager and excited students show up every year, not knowing that one in four of their female peers will experience sexual assault.
As a member of this community, the safety of my friends is of utmost concern. Every weekend, I fear that another woman that I care for will be subjected to trauma that will forever affect her life, and I know that I am far from alone in this thought.
This fear hovers over our community.
This fear grips our hearts.
This fear must be recognized.
The Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Regents have failed us, and dismissed the fear, the trauma, and the lives of my peers. Their response to our demands diverges significantly from the beliefs of students, faculty, staff, and the wider community, and this division is reflected in the inadequate response to the issue of sexual assault on our campus.
As we continue to work to make our home a safer place to live, we must not fail to see the decision to not rescind Charlie Rose's honorary degree as a crucial barrier to be overcome. If we do not have the support of our entire community, we may yet fall short of the future we so desperately seek.