With the proliferation of dangerous happenings in school today, students’ safety at school is really at risk, and parents are worried. From sexual assault to school shooting, the rate of crime in the school environment is on the rise. In a survey conducted among US female college student by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and reported by CNN, over 23% (or approximately 1 in 4) confirmed that they have gone through a form of unwanted sexual contact, including kissing, inappropriate sexual contacts, and rape. According to them, these inappropriate touches were executed by under severe coercion or threat of force, or by the use of alcohol or medications to weaken them while they were raped or assaulted. More than a tenth of them revealed that these unsolicited contacts included penetration and or oral sex. Some critics have faulted the 1 in 4 claim of sexual assault among female college students, stating that the numbers may actually be higher than what is being touted. They believe that a lot of others do not come forward because they feel it is nothing serious, while others felt embarrassed and still others felt nothing will be done about their ordeal.
Legislation to Reduce Sexual Assault
One person who has been on the forefront of calling out for regulations to reduce sexual assault in schools if Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. According to her, sexual assault if grossly under reported and many victims do not believe that they will get justice or support for what they have passed through. She came up with the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, known as CASA, which she first introduced in 2014 and reintroduced in 2015, along with other bipartite colleagues. Ayotte hope that when the bill is passed, Universities and colleges will be held responsible for their students’ safety, and local law enforcement will be more concerned with getting to the root of the crime, rather than debating the its jurisdiction.
Another aspect of this bill is that each college will set us a liaison that will motivate victims to report when they are assaulted and to know what options they have as well as provide support to these victims. Also apart from influencing schools to take surveys about students’ experience of sexual assault twice a year for online publication, all the schools will have uniform disciplinary measures for perpetrators of sexual assault to ensure college safety. Any school that does not comply with the new act will have up to 1 percent of their budget, which will increase with every violation.
Another crime that schools are battling with is shootings by gunmen. Since 2013, there have been more that 200 school shootings in America, amounting to an average of nearly one shooting every week. Thus college safety is at risk as is students’ safety.
Safety Devices Can Improve Reduce Sexual Assault and Improve Students Safety
It was due to crimes like sexual assault in schools that the Kenny Kelly came up with the idea of developing a wearable gear that will ensure students safety. This device called Silent Beacon can be a frontline technology in improving the students’ safety in institutions of learning. This safety device for students can be concealed in a key latch, and the perpetrator won’t even know that you have a safety device on you. In case you are about to be assaulted, you can just ring a friend or send him/her a message. We know you will be wondering how the person will know your location, the Silent Beacon has a GPS that will locate wherever you are or are being taken to, and the criminals will be caught in the act. Silent Beacon can also prevent crimes from happening, because when the offender knows that there is a device that can quickly give him up, he will be reluctant to carry out an attack. Thus this safety device for students is a must have, especially for female students, because as a wearable gear, it is very easy to carry (looks like a fog) and conceal.
We know that during a school shooting, all the students will scamper for safety; the Silent Beacon helps teachers and parents to know that their children are fine and to locate their wards after the shooting, when the situation is under control.