Students feel safe but remain cautious

Daniel Salomon, Digital Editor

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AACC students said they don’t worry that they will be sexually harassed on campus.

In an informal poll of 20 students, 12 said they do not feel vulnerable to sexual harassment anywhere on the AACC Arnold campus.

“I have anxiety anyway, so I’m on edge around everyone … but I’m good here; I feel safe,” Chelsea Cote, a third-year criminal justice student, said.

AACC receives approximately three reports of sexual harassment a year, according to the Public Relations and Marketing office.

Noah Grover, a second-year transfer studies student, said although he does not feel vulnerable to sexual harassment as a man, he thinks about how to avoid sexually harassing others.

“It’s on my mind to make sure that I’m not making any other person—it doesn’t matter if they are female—uncomfortable,” Grover said.

But some students said while they haven’t experienced sexual harassment on campus, they still feel vulnerable.

Ashley Sokolowski, a second-year transfer studies student, said she feels vulnerable in parking lots.

“It always goes through my mind that at some point if there is someone out behind my car … they could try to hurt me,” Sokolowski said.

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