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:
- While in college, one in five females will become a victim of sexual assault. \n
- Men found guilty of rape are not frequently expelled-often graduating, while their victims do not. \n
- False rape accusations are not a good reason to not investigate sexual assault: Studies show as few as 3 percent of complaints are illegitimate. \n
- 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. \n
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.