I think the use of the word “epidemic” means that there is an epidemic of rape and
sexual assault on campuses –
which doesn’t mean that it is more or less than what is happening elsewhere.
And that responded to your simple question here …
The use of the word epidemic implies that rape or any form of sexual assault happens more to college students then it does to non college students (or if that is not the implication, perhaps someone can explain to me what the intent of this word is).
YOU didn’t quote the article – I simply responded to your question as you stated it.
While Washington DC may have what they consider an “epidemic” of gun violence, that doesn’t mean that NYC might not also have what they consider an “epidemic” of gun violence, despite likely the figures being different and perhaps greatly different.
It’s kind of like saying we have very serious problems – it doesn’t mean that anyone else doesn’t have them, or that the numbers elsewhere are equal, less or more.
Perhaps there is someone here who is more expert at precise definitions –
but some of the definitions I’ve looked at seem to suggest “a sudden outbreak” –
or try to limit the timing to “two weeks” – and, imo, those would now be unrealistic
limitations on the way the word is currently used.
Of course, it is a word that in the past was used to refer to outbreaks of diseases.
Spreading rapidly and extensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or a population at the same time: an epidemic outbreak of influenza.
But, as I went on to say, the emphasis should be on rape and sexual assault as a major
and long time tool necessary for the oppression of women – just as Gag Rules on abortion
are a tool to reassert oppression of women. In this administration, we see the rise again of
“White Male Supremacist” thinking and these rules benefit those forces.
Christianity, of course, underpins “Elite-Patriarchy” and is also responsible for the teaching
of male-supremacy based in the “inferiority” of females. Who would benefit more from the
overturning of Roe Vs Wade than the Vatican/Catholic Church?
To answer your further questions –
Campuses are NOT the likely place for positive actions to be taken in cases of sexual assault
on females as we have seen from their past history in not informing police officials and in
sidelining and covering up these cases. Same for the military which has also covered up cases
of sexual abuse and at the least inflicted new psychological injury on accusers with harassment
and denial of their charges. And from what we’ve seen, there has been no attempt by the military
to cooperate with Congressional investigations in limiting these sexual assaults or more properly
dealing with them. Military assaults are further complicated by the use of corporations in many areas.