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College Sexual Assaults Often Go Unreported-This Idea Could Change That

Multiple studies have shown sexual violence to be an under-reported crime. It's estimated that between one-quarter and one-fifth of college women experience sexual assault, but fewer than half of victims ever report it to authorities, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. According to one 2000 Bureau of Justice Statistics/Department of Justice study, fewer than 5 percent of completed and attempted rapes of women in college were reported to law enforcement officials, and that number drops still lower for other forms of sexual assault. The rest of the story is HERE. Tucker Reed, a student and sexual assault survivor who filed two federal complaints against the University of Southern California for its handling of her case, said she thinks colleges should be required to survey college seniors every year. "It would give the school an opportunity to pinpoint which programs are working and which aren't," Reed told HuffPost. "A school should want to do that; it should want to know whether its programs are working." Under Reed's proposal, surveys would be conducted online and every senior would be required to complete one; failure to do so could jeopardize their graduation. Reed would prefer the survey be written by the Education Department with neutral wording, and it could address not just sexual violence but bias incidents and other crimes. The best way the females on a campus can defend themselves is with a self-defense product such as pepper spray or stun gun.
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