We live in an era where instances of sexual assault and harassment seem to be on the rise. In fact, the FBI’s annual crime report shows an almost 20 percent increase in the number of sexual assault cases reported since 2013. However, society has historically underestimated and overlooked two important variables: reporting practices and victim experience. This number may deceive some as the 20 percent increase does not directly translate to a 20 percent increase in these behaviors. Instead, this is an indicator of heightened awareness and an increased willingness and ability to share and report experiences. This percentage increase is also an indicator of those seemingly unaffected being more willing to see and hear the victims, witnesses and others who are impacted.
Carolina wants to protect its students, faculty, and everyone else who visits our campus by providing an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes safety, diversity, education, and equity. The University is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from Discrimination, Harassment, and related misconduct.
Carolina offers educational programs to promote awareness and prevention of what it defines as prohibited conduct. There are also several reporting options for students, faculty, and staff, both on and off campus, as well as designated counseling, information, or support centers. Aside from that, there are several steps that can be taken to protect the individual who makes the report, and ways to stay anonymous.