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Violence against women hits close to home
Rebecca Mcmickell
Antelope Staff

Students offer advice to stay safe


College females take heed: violence against women is a disturbing reality, and it’s hitting closer to home than you might think.

Consider the recent disappearance of Peru State College student Tyler Thomas, the January murder of a 14-year-old girl in the small town of

Bartley and even the 2010 rape allegation on campus at UNK. These cases prove that acts of violence toward women can happen anywhere.  

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, college-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other women. The $300,000 grant recently awarded to UNK through the U.S. Department of Justice might help prevent some of these situations from happening on campus and in the community, but UNK co-eds say you can use your common sense and resources available to help protect yourself.

Jami Hyiatt, a junior secondary education major from Republican City says she and her friends stay safe by sticking together during a night out. “Never go to a party alone,” she said. “Sometimes when we go out, a friend will meet a guy and he’ll invite her to a party, but if she’s going, we’re all going. That way we have each other’s backs, and we always know where the others are.”

Senior history major Lauren Munroe from Hastings advises college females to be smart about drinking. “Most of my friends are of age, so we can all legally drink, but that doesn’t mean we all get wasted when we go out. I think it’s really important to drink in moderation because it’s a lot easier to become of victim if you’re drunk and don’t know what’s going on,” she said.   

Carley Wynolia, a sophomore art major from Lincoln said women on campus should be familiar with the resources offered on campus.

“There are so many great things here, like the Women’s Center that are available to female students. We pay for them in the fees so we might as well use them,” she said. “I think this new grant is great because it will add to the resources we have now and keep us safe or offer help if something terrible were to happen.”

 

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