sprinkle: an undergraduate journal of feminist and queer studies


Grace Pappas


Sexual assault has recently gained attention as a prevalent issue in American culture, particularly on college campuses. While in some places much is being done to raise awareness and end this form of gendered violence, too often fingers are pointed at possible causes rather than intertwined as hands held together in the fight against this injustice. Through an examination of empirical research, it is clear that the issue of sexual assault stems from and is perpetuated by a rape culture, a culture in which we are all a part. This paper argues that if we are to fight sexual assault, we must take a broad perspective of the issue an a critical view of our own actions in order to see the problem not as a women’s problem, a men’s problem, or even a Greek System problem, but rather a cultural problem, and then take the steps necessary to change this culture.

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