I am a mid-twenties avid intersectional feminist, advocate, fighter, counselor, and friend. I will be graduating from Bucknell University in May with degrees in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies. I work with survivors of sexual assault and other trauma, and I fix computers for a living.
I often blog about what it is like to live at the intersections of a few different mental illnesses, queerness, and sexuality, along with posts about sexism, racism, rape culture, and LGBT rights. There is a trigger warning for these on my entire blog. You will see posts about depression, eating disorders, PTSD, panic disorder, and fat activism. This has been my safe space for four years now, and I reserve the right to ask you to leave it if necessary.
Wait, what?? I would reblog this anyway, but this happened in Lewisburg?
Why shouldn’t it happen in Lewisburg? Sexual abuse happens everywhere. I know for a fact that this is not the only instance of sexual abuse in Lewisburg, not even close.
This happened at Bucknell University, which is in Lewisburg, PA.
Bucknell has a rate of sexual assault that is significantly higher than other universities of our size and demographics. While national statistics are about 1 in 4/5 for sexual assault in a woman’s lifetime, Bucknell has held steady (and actually increased in both victimization and perpetration each year in the past 5 years) at about a 1 in 2 statistic. That means that sexual assault is not an unusual experience, but a normative one. Just over 47% of this year’s survey respondents reported some form of sexual assault while they were here, with just over 32% reporting that they had experienced either attempted or complete rape.
Unfortunately, if you ask the respondents point-blank if they have ever been raped, the percentage drops to about 10. This means that while they report experiences that meet the definition of rape, they do not identify that experience as rape. This is done through a sexual experiences survey that asks “a man attempted to stick or stuck his fingers, penis, or other objects into my vagina/mouth/anus” and variations on that (acknowledging that it is a heteronormative survey and assumes male perpetration and female victimization—we can talk about why we do it that way on another post), rather than asking “have you been raped.”
If you have questions about the data, feel free to ask me. I was on the research team this year, so I’m pretty familiar with the information.
Also, as a Lewisburg resident before I came to Bucknell, I can also attest to the fact that sexual assault happens in Lewisburg, too. It’s everywhere.