Department of Justice attorneys sang the University of Montana’s praises Thursday for its efforts to address problems surrounding sexual assault, even as DOJ documents painted a damning picture of how assault cases involving UM students all too often were handled.
Women at UM who reported being sexually assaulted or harassed “were unfairly belittled, disbelieved or blamed for speaking up about what had been done to them,” Roy L. Austin Jr., deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, said Thursday.
There was a failure to respond to reports of sexual assault and that its policies and training related to sexual assault response are insufficient and, until recently, nonexistent.”
Among the findings listed in the letter:
• Campus police officers appeared unaware of all the resources available to victims of sexual assault, failing “to consistently offer women information about these resources.”
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