Respond to 2 classmates post in Sociology Course 2



Talia is a 19 year old Caucasian female attending the local University majoring in psychology Talia was sexually assaulted at a local fraternity party. Talia reports she met a good looking boy named Eric who was flirting with her all night bringing her drinks. She indicated she blacked out and woke up the next morning naked Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen 2014). In the video it appears Talia and Eric are in the same room as the “attorney” he mentioned no police are involved and it would be up to him to see what consequences would be into place (Laureate Education 2013). What I find disturbing is that Talia is being interviewed with Eric in which could deter her from releasing any private information do to fear of consequence. Also Police involvement needs to be immediate as that can do more of a special investigation towards underage drinking at the fraternity and what precautions are being made by the school due to possible sexual assault.

Current policies that are actively being put into place are the substantial history of sexual assault that takes place on college campuses. The public and behavioral health department are looking into best practice research on college campus to assist local authorities and help college campus become safer (Potter 2016). To ensure these polices are followed through is to make more of an awareness of sexual assault on college campus which is already being done at most schools. Currently most campuses have “rape whistles” or require you to watch a video on the effects of sexual assault and how to be more aware of the surroundings such as the Title X training we had to do for Walden University. Building more awareness on campus can help educate students on what to be more aware.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013). Sessions: Johnson family (Episode 4 of 42)[Video file]. Retrieved from

Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore: MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader]. Part 1, “The Johnson Family” (pp. 11–13)

Potter, S. J. (2016). Reducing Sexual Assault on Campus: Lessons From the Movement to Prevent Drunk Driving. American Journal Of Public Health, 106(5), 822-829. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303082


Currently, the policies on sexual assault on campus involve the two parties first meeting with the administration, where the process is explained along with the possible outcomes. After this a meeting is then scheduled where both parties will have the opportunity to state their side of the story. In the case of Talia Johnson, the meeting was schedule for one week later. One way that this policy can negatively affect survivors, such as Talia Johnson, is that contact between the victim and the accused is not limited. As such during the week leading up to the meeting, it is possible that the accused cold harass Talia.

As well, there is no discussion surrounding keeping the proceeding confidential. Previous research has shown that fear and concerns over confidentiality are two of the main reasons that sexual assault goes unreported (Sable, Danis, Mauzy, & Gallagher, 2006). Therefore another negative impact to the survivor is that it is possible the accused could spread word that she has made false accusations, putting undue stress on the survivor. In order to improve the policies on sexual harassment to protect the survivors, one change that could be implemented is to impose a no contact policy between the accused and the victim before the proceedings.

As well, after the incident is reported, another change that could be made is to have both parties sign a confidentiality agreement until a decision is made. Finally, while it is stated that the proceedings do not involve the police, it is important that the survivor know that they are also able to bring criminal charges against the accused. After making the changes, one way that they can be evaluated it to conduct a survey on the campus before and after the change. This would allow the administration to determine if the changes are helping to reduce stress among survivors and provides them with an opportunity to suggest other changes which can help protect them.


Sable, M. R., Danis, F., Mauzy, D. L., & Gallagher, S. K. (2006). Barriers to reporting sexual assault for women and men: Perspectives of college students. Journal of American College Health, 55(3), 157-162.

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