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For sixty-four percent of victims, not wanting their families to know what happened to them was a factor in not reporting rape or sexual assault.
Families can support their student and advocate for schools to increase their prevention work, whether or not their student has been victimized.
Families should also know that often, it is schools with higher numbers of sexual assault reports that are the most aware of the problem and doing the most to deal with it. If a school has zero sexual assaults reported, it is unlikely that actually means that no assaults happened on campus that year. Rather, it often indicates that students are unwilling to come forward due to factors of that particular campus.
Be an advocate for your student!
Eleven Things Parents Can do to Fight Sexual Violence on Campus (PDF:1page)
A fact sheet by Students Active for Ending Rape. http://www.safercampus.org/sites/default/files/file/parents11things.pdf
Family Assets: Search Institute
A positive agenda to support families focuses on identifying, celebrating, and investing in the strengths that are present and possible in all kinds of families. http://www.search-institute.org/familyassets/
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