WORLD REFUGEE DAY: 50 MILLION DISPLACED, MOST SINCE WWII

On June 20th, World Refugee Day, the U.N. issued a report stating that 50 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced within their own countries, a dramatic increase since the 45 million people reported in 2012.

Some of the numbers come from long-standing conflicts in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan; yet, the main reason for the dramatic increase in displaced persons comes from the Syrian civil war.

The same U.N. report estimated that the civil war in Syria created 2.5 million refugees and displaced another 6.5 million people within Syria.

Many of the refugees that are displaced come from countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with many conflicts involving extremist groups hostile to Christianity. This trend can be seen currently in Iraq as ISIS overthrows major cities, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Every college parent’s fear: Campus rape

Like millions of Americans, I recently dropped my daughter off to college for her freshman year. She was brimming with excitement and hope. I was troubled with gnawing apprehension, if not fear. I love her dearly and I want her to be safe. But will she be?

I’m like any parent. From the first day I walked her through the doors of kindergarten, I had to let go. Little by little. Allow her an increasing measure of freedom to learn, explore and mature in a nurturing, but protected, environment. But now, I’m not there at the end of the day to make sure my little girl is safe and happy. I knew this day would come. And I have dreaded it.

I’m a newsman. I know what happens. I report the stories all too often. Yes, college campuses are generally secure. But they are not impervious to the hidden danger of rape and other sexual crimes. It happens at an alarming rate.

A woman who attends college is more likely to be assaulted than a woman who does not.

A woman who attends college is more likely to be assaulted than a woman who does not. Nearly 20 % of female college students have been sexually assaulted, according to a White House task force.

I suspect the true number is significantly higher. Many young women are reluctant to report it. They keep it secret for fear of embarrassment, shame, retribution, and the trauma of reliving the nightmare during legal or disciplinary proceedings. I get it. There are repercussions. Victims are especially afraid of being stigmatized or ostracized within the tight, insular social circles on campus.

If a student does report being sexually assaulted, what then? There is ample evidence that many colleges are ill-equipped and unmotivated to handle the accusations seriously.

I was stunned to learn of a recent Senate report which found that 41 % of schools conducted no investigations in the past 5 years, notwithstanding numerous complaints by female students. Zero. How can that be?

 

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