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Are Colleges Passing the Buck on Student Rape Investigations?

According to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR, the very unfortunate answer is: Yes. In a series of four...


According to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR, the very unfortunate answer is: Yes. In a series of four installments which began Wednesday and go until March 3, NPR will air reports on its findings-namely the uphill battle that sexual assault victims face to bring their attackers to justice.

Here are some of the really scary data points:
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  • While in college, one in five females will become a victim of sexual assault.
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  • Men found guilty of rape are not frequently expelled-often graduating, while their victims do not.
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  • False rape accusations are not a good reason to not investigate sexual assault: Studies show as few as 3 percent of complaints are illegitimate.
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  • Victims can claim discrimination against their schools under Title IX-but, over the last 10 years, the Department of Education has only penalized schools in five of the 24 cases that's come before it.
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Over at Jezebel, there are some ideas for how students can take an active role in reducing the incidence of rape on campus in the first place, such as a program to educate students about consent at UCLA.

Below is one of the women featured in the CPI/NPR report discussing her experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz6ruZOlq4U

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