I realized that you can't run away from problems like campus rape. It doesn't just happen at UNC, it's everywhere. The best thing that anyone can do is stay and fight with courageous, intelligent, empathetic people -- and that's what I'm proud to say I'll be doing at UNC this August.
What's worse than rape is betrayal. Students are attending schools that betray them, campuses in which violence has become a part of the experience, and in which, despite popular belief, there is no punishment for rape, rather a punishment for coming forward.
Why do so few survivors of sexual assault report their experiences? Many survivors are told that whatever happens to them is their fault, a message which is continually reinforced by friends, media, community groups, and university administrators.