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Study looks at drinking venues and college sexual assault

Research has long pointed to there being a connection between heavy drinking and sexual aggression at college campuses. But there remains a good deal unknown about the specifics of this link.

Increased understanding of this association and other issues related to campus sexual assault is important. It can help inform colleges and universities of what methods of abuse prevention may have a particularly high likelihood of being effective. What prevention steps schools take has a very big impact on overall student safety.

The financial impacts of sexual abuse

The harms that come from sexual abuse are many and varied. Along with the physical, emotional and mental impacts of facing such violence, there are also major financial impacts. There have been various studies pointing to the significant economic harms that sexual abuse subjects survivors and society as a whole to.

One example is a past study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. According to this research, rape exposes society as a whole here in the U.S. to an economic burden of $3.1 trillion. The study also found that victims of rape, on average, are subjected to over $120,000 in economic costs over their lifetime in relation to the violence committed against them.

Survey: Many female economists subjected to abuse or harassment

One would hope that, in all professions, the workplace culture would be such that everyone in the field would feel safe and respected. Unfortunately, some fields have a culture that strays very far from this. A recent survey raises concerns that economics may be one such profession.

The survey was by the American Economic Association. Over 9,000 past and present members of this organization answered the survey.

Catholic parents are taking steps to protect their children

Participating in services and church-related activities is something that is important for many Catholic families.

But many parents feel conflicted between the desire to raise children in the Church - and ensuring that their children are safe in an era where sexual abuse by priests is a possibility.

What can families of abuse survivors do to support their loved ones?

Recovery from sexual abuse is an ongoing and challenging process. But survivors don't have to go through it alone. There are numerous types of support that can help survivors during their recovery journey.

For one, survivors' rights attorneys can provide legal support to help individuals who have faced sexual abuse pursue justice through civil legal claims. Such claims can provide a route to resources to help with recovery.

High-profile Catholic leaders convicted of abuse

It has been a rough few years for the Catholic Church. 2018 was called the worst year for the Catholic Church since the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Last August, a grand jury report was released naming more than 300 predator priests in Pennsylvania. And the Pope recently acknowledged the widespread abuse of nuns within the church.

Sexual abuse has rocked the Catholic Church, and it’s not just priests who are being convicted. Several senior officials within the church have been accused and convicted of both initiating abuse and covering it up. A USA Today article detailed 5 Catholic leaders involved in the abuse:

Catholic Church concludes its first major summit on clergy abuse

Last weekend, the Catholic Church wrapped up a summit at the Vatican focused on the clergy abuse crisis. This was the first meeting of its kind. It lasted for four days. One hundred and ninety religious superiors and bishops were invited to it by Pope Francis.

At a mass closing out the summit last Sunday, the pope called for an "all-out battle" against clergy sex abuse and for an end to cover-ups.

Off-campus sexual assaults and the proposed federal rule changes

The problem of college sexual assault is not one that is limited to school grounds. In fact, a recent analysis suggests that, at major colleges, it is common for there to be more off-campus abuse incidents than on-campus ones.

The analysis, by the Associated Press, looked at data on sexual assault reports provided by eight major public universities. The data indicates that reports of off-campus incidents outnumbered reports of on-campus ones at five of these schools.

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