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Rowan University Students Bringing Awareness To Sexual Assault

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Glassboro, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Students at Rowan University are leading the charge against sexual abuse on college campuses by joining the national campaign PACT5. These New Jersey students have created documentaries that can be used a teaching tools to help spread awareness to others.

During the process of this campaign students at Rowan University learned that two of their fellow pupils were victims of rape themselves. Brielle, New Jersey resident Katya Palsi is one of the women who came forward about her experience. She said that she was so embarrassed by what happened to her that she didn’t tell anyone. Now, she is using her documentary “Katalyst” as a tool for healing and helping others by telling her story.

There are 66 colleges in New Jersey with approximately 300,000 students. Statistically if one-in-five females are being sexually assaulted, that means it’s affecting 60,000 women statewide. Unfortunately, 95% of sexual assaults and rapes on campus are unreported because in 90% of cases, the victim knew their attacker and is reluctant to report it.

Eric Cheavers is a male Rowan University student who also made a film for the campaign. He said that the goal of his work is to help teach respect.

“(It) creates more of like awareness, for me as a guy; we have to learn to do better. I have a younger sister and now I’m kind of like looking out for her more, not that I never did before, but trying to get her to be aware of these things,” he explained.

The Daily Beast, a news reporting and opinion website did a list of the top 50 most dangerous colleges in 2010 and Rutgers Newark came in third, NJIT was ranked tenth and Princeton was named 42nd.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault there are resources available from the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4573.


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