ERIC Number: EJ1031849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Collateral Damage Related to Rape and Interpersonal Violence in Higher Education
Jones, Dan L.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v28 n3 p174-176 2014
Collegiate communities are often faced with difficult situations from sexual assault, rape, and other forms of interpersonal violence. These events are not only tragic or traumatic for the individuals involved but also have ripple effects and create collateral damage within the campus community. Many universities are instituting bystander training to address the harm of interpersonal violence and other harmful behaviors. Of course, the survivor and alleged perpetrator are most harmed by rape and interpersonal violence, but those on campus subjected to charges or investigations and to what is often unfair criticism can also be collateral victims of these terrible events. Another area receiving little notice is the damage from serving on conduct boards and hearing boards, or the counseling center staff members sometimes called upon to work with fraternities or athletic teams to help them process their feelings about the charges. Making matters worse, while social media help prevent the suppression of rape and violence in higher education, which is a good thing, social media also fuel rumors and faulty information that can be harmful and hurtful to all parties involved. We should never lose sight of the fact that rape and interpersonal violence are most harmful for the survivors and the accused. At the same time, though, we must also attend to the collateral damage and domino effects of these terrible events on other affected students and campus professionals, and strive to develop strategies to minimize harm for all concerned.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Rape, Violence, Victims of Crime, Colleges, College Students, College Faculty, School Personnel, Social Networks, Environmental Influences, Aggression, Coping
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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