Domestic violence such as rape, date rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, stalking and more occur everywhere — and colleges and universities are no exception. It is thought that nearly one in four college women have either been raped or suffered an attempted rape — and most knew their abusers beforehand. Sadly, college campuses are not always the safe havens they should be. Domestic violence is a serious and widespread issue for college students across North Carolina and throughout the nation.
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Over Thanksgiving weekend two college students were killed in cases of domestic abuse, which, while not as frequently discussed as sexual assault, remains a serious problem on college campuses. On Black Friday, Nadia Ezaldein, a University of Chicago student, was working at a Chicago Nordstrom when her ex-boyfriend entered the store, found her in the accessories department, and shot her to death. It was her 22nd birthday. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, Shannon Jones, a student at Cornell University, was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend during an argument. Police described the murder as a " domestic incident. The two cases are not the only abusive relationships to end in the death of a college student in recent months.
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On Thanksgiving Day , the body of Shannon Jones , 23, a senior engineering student at Cornell University was found in an apartment. Her boyfriend, 32, had strangled her after an argument. In February, year-old Miami University student, Rebecca Eldermire was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend in her apartment just a mile from campus. The list goes on. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics , about 6 in every 1, students will be sexually assaulted.
With the MeToo movement drawing more attention to sexual assault, violent situations are at the forefront of everyone's minds. But while we now know just how rampant sexual assault is on college campuses, one equally destructive kind of violence isn't getting the same type of attention. Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence per capita across the United States. This means that college women are at the highest risk for domestic violence in relationships than any other age group.