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No one can firmly say that they have never been sexually harassed or assaulted
before because it can happen to anyone, both male and female, even if no one wants to talk about
it.
“I have been catcalled numerous times on this campus,” said Annisa Amatul Muqtadir, a
third-year Psychology major. No one has ever been physical with her yet, but there had been a
group of men who once followed her to car.
A second-year Business major Samuel Gonzalez said he dealt with a woman who would
not take “no” for an answer, so he gave her his number and then promptly blocked her, so she
would leave him alone.
First-year General Studies major Shatina White said she dealt with an incident crossing
the street from the Resident’s Hall, where she and a group of friends were catcalled and when
she promptly told the man who called for her that she had a boyfriend. “He said f– your
boyfriend, it could be us. We can still be friends, it can be more than that,” White explained.
Every time she saw this guy in the hallway, he would continually ask whether she still had a
boyfriend.
Some students took matters into their own hands, such as White when the individual
became too much to handle and she had a friend step in. Others, such as Natazia Edwards, a
third-year Business Administration student, involved the school.
The reason why this topic is so hot right now is because of the scandal rocking
Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein, one of the largest Hollywood moguls, has had a slew of women

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come out against him and tell their stories of how he sexually harassed, assaulted, and even raped
them.
Sexual harassment and assault is a big issue that was not always a topic for discussion,
but now it most definitely is.
It seems that catcalling is something a lot of people do, but do not own up to it when
asked about it. In some instances, in the cases of being with friends, it can be funny, while other
times, it is downright cringe-worthy and uncalled for. No consent? Don’t do it.
In an interview with The Morning Call, Mitchell Murtha, then-assistant dean of Students
at NCC, said in 2016 that, “if one sexual assault happens on a college campus, it’s one too
many.” Murtha and the school received a grant of $29,000 as part of the “It’s On Us Pa”
Campaign to help stop sexual assaults on campus. The article also recorded a statistic from
itsonus.org that one in five women are sexually assaulted on a campus.
NCC takes sexual misconduct seriously on campus, but not everyone does.
In the 2015 case of The People v. Brock Allen Turner, Turner who was a Stanford
student, was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He was sentenced for only three
months in jail.
There have been reports of schools and universities altering or hiding their data on sexual
assaults for years to preserve the school’s reputation, and in some cases, to protect the
perpetrator.
Lisa Maatz, former Vice President for government relations at the American Association
of University Women, said to The Washington Post that schools need to stop treating sexual
assault cases as a “PR problem.” She was referring to Baylor University’s decision to fire the

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football coach and demote the school’s president due to a failure to report an incident involving
some football players and others.
Fortunately, the victims of sexual misconduct have increasingly felt more at ease about
opening up and reporting such things. Unlike before, a victim’s voice will be heard when they
come forward, especially at this school.
A way to end this type of behavior would simply be by teaching others. Children need to
learn that it is not OK to act like this. Teach young boys and girls to respect one another rather
than seeing each other as objects to be played with.
Lee Paiva, CEO and founder of No Means No Worldwide, is using in her 6-week
program called IMpower in Africa to teach girls and boys how to intervene and defend in the
case of rape or sexual assault, and how to get past sexual, gender, and social stereotypes.
Since the start of the classes, the percentage on intervening during an assault has risen
from 26 percent to 74 percent.
Asked whether he knew how to properly report an incident, third-year student Thomas
Waters, Jr. said he was not entirely sure how, but had “seen the signs” in the bathrooms, though
he never read them.
Gonzalez, White, and Edwards agreed that NCC should promote awareness of the
school’s sexual harassment policy more so than it already does.
Gonzalez suggested a possible mandatory seminar every for all students to attend.