Statistics on physical dating violence in college students

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College students in the US have been facing physical, financial, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse- all of which have devastating effects on their ability to function normally and handle the rigors of college education as well as non-victims can. Whether physical, emotional, or sexual, or any other form, all share one common feature: they have devastating effects on one’s mental health. Without sound mental health, a student cannot attain a full educational experience; and when school is not going right, a student’s mental health only worsens. Amidst the long, arduous, and often disappointing process of reporting domestic violence (especially sexual assault) in college campuses, institutions are neglecting to make the mental health and safety of the victim, who is paying thousands of dollars towards tuition and housing, the highest priority. Well, in order to discuss what can be done to fix this problem, it necessary to first discuss what exactly is happening when a student faces domestic violence.

Physical wounds can often heal, but mental scars take longer to heal. This proposal strives to reveal five major issues with domestic violence in US colleges, how they affect the health and education of a student, and how each problem can be tackled with a solution.

As a strong believer of the profound impact education has on battling through the most dark and difficult life circumstances, it is of utmost concern that the impact of domestic violence on college students’ educational lives is indeed brutal.

College, which serves as the foundation for one’s career, is arguably the most crucial educational time for a student.

According to studies, those who have been sexually assaulted are likely to be sexually abused later in life, develop an eating disorder, have difficulty with intimacy in a marriage, and abuse drugs or alcohol.

Because these victims are “taught” that their bodies are not their own, they often feel feelings of terror, shame, guilt, and self-blame.

“Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces.

For example, parents/teachers/family or even peers should completely end the concept of “cooties”, or “girls rule boys drool”.

The more mature kids are at a young age, the more they will mature by the time the are college ready.

Further research shows that survivors are 26 times more likely to abuse drugs in an attempt to numb the pain, but this leads to further health concerns.

More serious health issues are STI’s, STD’s, and decreased immunity (Good Therapy, 2016).

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