Dear editors of The Collegian,
I would like to discuss a rising issue involving the wilding of students in universities.
For the past few years, there has been a massive spike of crimes throughout universities, and it seems that people have become extremely desensitized to these situations.
Many of the most common crimes include: rape, domestic/aggravated assault, possession of contraband, stalking and robbery.
Fresno is already considered one of the most dangerous cities in California, sitting at a crime rate of 51 percent and 59 percent higher than the national average (areavibes.com).
In addition, Fresno State also follows as one of the most dangerous colleges in America.
In the years of 2008 to 2012, ABC News recorded an average of 12 reported violent crimes and 413 property crimes.
Now just last year, there have been a reported 142 reported crimes, with 30 of these being “major crimes,” such as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and arson.
These crimes have been rising, especially with contraband and alcoholism.
As Charles Derber, an American professor of sociology at Boston College and author of “The Wilding of America” (2015) stated, “Campuses are no longer ivy-walled sanctuaries but are increasingly becoming sites of shootings, theft, sexual assault, property damage and other crimes.”
Moreover, Fresno State is not the only college in Fresno with violence.
In November of last year, there was a Fresno City College woman walking to her car one night after class who was dragged into another vehicle, where she was sexually assaulted (Fresno Bee, 2017).
With all this being said, how does this make Fresno State a safe community for its students if there is violence constantly happening on and off campus?