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Americas college campuses are not the war zones newspaper and magazine articles lead the public to believe but they are far from the safe places many people would like them to be It is not just in large cities where this is an issue all schools large and small rural and urban are noting the existence of violent incidents on their campuses What is perhaps most disturbing about violence on college campus is that the majority of incidents including rape and other sexual assaults are committed by the students themselves In fact students are responsible for about 80 of college crime although rarely use weapons in these cases Over the last two decades student violence has increased significantly yet administrators are at a loss to understanding exactly why Perhaps one major contributing factor is the increase of substance abuse on college campuses The majority of perpetrators as well as victims are likely to have been high on alcohol andor drugs when the crimes were committed In a study by Towson States Campus Violence Prevention Center it was found that the abuse of alcohol was heavier among victims and perpetrators of campus violence than the rest of the campus population Obviously the loss of control due to substance abuse including alcohol often results in violent outbursts Many solutions offered by schools such as mediation and conflict resolution are no match for the acts caused by the presence of alcohol Although the legal drinking age in the majority of states is 21 the national community of college-age students simply does not accept this In fact it is estimated that about 80 of underage students carry fake proof of age identification Drinking on college campuses has become a standard pastime and binge drinking which is defined as consuming five or more drinks in one sitting is widely accepted by 85 of all college freshmen Every year more alcohol related incidents are reported on
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