by Alexandra Abowd, Yoolim Jung, Lucas Rocha Moreira, Lukonde Mulenga, Rocio Perez, Timothy Peterson, Callie Wilkinson
To advance the objectives of the third Millennium Development Goal, Promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, this paper addresses the issue of rape on U.S. college campuses. We see the sexual objectification and normalization of violence against women as an obstacle to empowerment and equality. This paper will discuss rape as portrayed in the media, the role of Greek life as it relates to sexual assault on college campuses, the mental health of survivors of sexual assault, unreported rapes, school responses, and available resources. This paper also describes our process of raising awareness of rape on college campuses through our presentation, “Boys, booze, and blurred lines: The influence of mass media on rape culture”.