U.S. News & World Report College Rankings And Sexual Assaults on Campus

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Here is an op-ed piece on Campus Sexual Assaults and U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

Several weeks ago a question was raised about U.S. News & World Report college rankings and whether or not they should include campus sexual assaults.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a hugely influential factor in how millions of people make college decisions every year.

“Brian Kelly, the editor of U.S. News & World Report, just announced that U.S. News will not include campus sexual-assault data in it’s annual college ranking this year, despite pleas from 12 members of Congress, citing the “unreliable” and “inconsistent” nature of the data. Moreover, even if better data were available, U.S. News would not include sexual assault information because:

Campus safety is not among the factors that U.S. News believes is directly tied to academic quality.”

This decision upset millions of readers.

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TIME: Campuses Called Hazardous Places

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In a recent cover story in Time.com on The Sexual Assault Crisis on American Campuses they labeled America’s campuses as hazardous places.

The truth is, for young women, particularly those who are 18 or 19 years old, just beginning their college experience, America’s campuses are hazardous places. Recent research shows that 1 in 5 women is the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault during college.

That shocking number has students, parents and politicians questioning the way schools protect students and adjudicate the cases of sexual assault.

Many people are wondering why so few of these sexual assaults are even reported. It has been estimated that as few as one out of every 10 of these crimes is ever reported.

One of the contributing factors to this lack of reporting is the fact that the young women who were the victims have been drunk or high on drugs. That means they couldn’t remember what happened or give enough accurate details to make the report credible.

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Colleges Get Poor Grades On Campus Assaults

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Here’s a story from the Huffington Post on the pitiful grades that most colleges got when judged on Campus Assaults.

This may be young college students first encounter with the bureaucracy. To combat the red tape and lack of transparency, student activists have called on their peers, allied faculty members, the federal government, and organizations like SAFER to speak out in support of survivors and demand stronger, survivor-oriented college sexual assault policies.

The findings of the Campus Accountability Project speak volumes about the deficiencies of existing campus sexual assault policies.

• On average, the nearly 300 policies assessed in the database received a D+ grade with 80 percent of the policies receiving a grade of C or lower. No policy received a higher grade than B+.
• Nearly one-third of the policies did not fully comply with the Jeanne Clery Act — compliance with which is required by federal law in order for colleges and universities to be eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs.
• Only 40 percent of the policies mentioned the employment of a full-time staff member dedicated to providing sexual assault prevention and education programming for students.
• Less than one in five policies provided amnesty clauses for underage survivors who were drinking or survivors who were using other drugs at the time of their assault.
• And, less than one-third of the policies assessed in the database stated that a survivor’s dress and past sexual history may not be discussed during disciplinary proceedings.

While these policy shortcomings are undoubtedly problematic, they also create opportunities for administrators to centralize student needs in the reform of their institution’s sexual assault policy. By holding open forums to obtain student input or by inviting anti-rape student activists to co-author new or reformed policies, administrators can better incorporate the needs of students into formal policy.

What does it look like for campuses to have comprehensive, survivor-oriented sexual assault policies? There are key steps to creating safer campuses:

• Provide free emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors via the institution’s health center;
• Increase primary prevention efforts and create more opportunities for students to engage meaningfully in primary prevention activities like bystander intervention training;
• Ensure policies are accessible. This means they should be easy to find on the school’s website, readable, and comprehensive;
• Inclusion of amnesty clauses for survivors who may have been in violation of another school policy at the time of their assault;
• And, total compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX to ensure accurate reporting of incidents of sexual violence on campus and the rights of survivors.

These practices will help colleges and universities to develop policies that center on student needs and challenge rape culture on their campus.
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Sexual Assaults On Campus-Most Involve Drugs Or Alcohol

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Here’s a story about campus Sexual Assaults where US representative Pat Meehan R-Delaware, convened regional experts on campus safety last month to discuss the issue and come up with policy recommendations on how to narrow the gap between the number of actually assaulted women and the number who choose to report it.

Nearly 20 percent of women attending college are sexually assaulted or victims of an attempted assault, yet only between 5 and 12 percent of them report the attacks.

“That gap is staggering,” he said. “That amount of victims is eye-opening. We have a responsibility to work collaboratively to assure that we not only prevent future sexual assault in an environment like a college setting, but we are able to respond more effectively to those victims.”
Many women are under the influence when the attacks occur, he said, resulting in “incapacitated assault.”

“Incapacitated assault means that there has been alcohol, drugs, some other kind of agent that may have influenced the ability of parties to be appropriately responsive,” Meehan said Monday.

It has been estimated that as much as 70% of all sexual assaults on college campuses involved drugs or alcohol or both.

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Female Assaults On College Campuses

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Here is another story about Assaults On Women specifically in Missouri where U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has led a national push to scrutinize rape and sexual assaults of women on college campuses.

“There are young women that are victimized every day, every hour, at a college campus somewhere,” McCaskill told the News-Leader on Thursday. “Too often young women second-guess themselves. ‘I should not have been drinking. I should not have been in his room. I did not know him well enough.’

“They do that instead of taking a clear look and realizing that they have a been a victim of a felony,” McCaskill said. “You do not have to have perfect judgment to be a victim of a crime.”

McCaskill previously had focused her efforts on helping women sexually assaulted in the military.

One of the main differences between colleges and the military is that the military has a rigid chain of command, which in some ways makes addressing the problem simpler. Higher education has no such line of authority.

There are other differences as well but the main similarity is women on college campuses — like women in the military — live in small, closed communities where word travels fast. This makes some students reluctant to report.

Administrators too often do not support women who report they were sexually assaulted on campus. She mentioned high-profile examples at the University of Montana and Notre Dame University. The schools fear that such publicity hurts their image and their student recruitment, she said.

Colleges administrators have been openly hostile, she said, when female students allege rape and sexual assault.

Nearly one in five women in college are victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in their undergraduate careers, according to McCaskill’s office.

A report from the National Institute of Justice states that college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college peers.

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Berkeley Campus Sexual Assaults

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Here is a story out of Business Week Magazine about how College Sexual Assaults are (mis) handled.

According to the story four women reported that the same student assaulted them. A school administrator asked that they put their story in writing and submit the stories to the administrator. For one reason or another, the written accounts never got filed. One of the students claim that the verbal accounting of the story should have been enough but the students (complainants) were convinced the school did nothing.

The perpetrator was allowed to go on a summer travel program and remained a member of the political club.

One of the students didn’t hear anything from the school for months but finally, eight months after she reported her assault, she received two three-sentence e-mails from Berkeley saying her case was resolved and the student was found “in violation of the code of conduct.” He graduated in December 2012.

Fast-forward to February 2014. The student wasn’t satisfied so she and 30 other current and former students filed two complaints with the U.S. Department of Education charging that the school violated their Title IX rights by mishandling their cases and, in some instances, discouraging them from filing reports. The 70-page, 35,000-word document alleges negligence, botched investigations, and general incompetence, and includes incidents that date to the 1970s.

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Campus Intimate Partner Violence Facts

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The state of New York published a comprehensive PDF on Intimate Partner Violence which stated that:

• “Nearly 80% of females reported at least one incident of physical or sexual aggression by the end of college.

• 42% of stalking incidences reported by college women were perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner.

• In the US, approximately 1 in 3 young women (estimates up to 35%) are victims of interpersonal violence.

• College students face unique obstacles when it comes to IPV, sexual assault, and stalking.

• Living on campus or away from home can make students feel trapped in their community and social peer group.

• College students might be more fearful of reporting if they were using drugs or alcohol.

• Avoiding harassment and stalking can be more difficult when a victim lives in the same residence hall or attend the same classes as their abuser.

• Campus policies and procedures about dating abuse can be unclear.

• Campus security and resident life staff may be unprepared to deal with dating abuse.”

This document goes a long way to explaining some of the disturbing statistics about campus sexual assaults.
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Senator To Address Campus Sexual Assault Issue

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, led the way to change the way the military handles sexual assaults, is now turning attention to Campus Sexual Assaults. In a town hall meeting recently, she announced that sexual assaults are even more underreported in colleges than they are in the military.

“I’m looking at what college campuses are doing in terms of keeping statistics, doing an inventory of services offered, finding out how many young people know if there’s a safe space on their campus where they can report,” McCaskill said during a news conference after the event.

“Those are the kinds of things we’re doing now, and we’re looking at it across Missouri and then I’m going to ask my colleagues to try to do the same kind of thing in their states.”

She readily admits that she doesn’t know if there is anything that can be done at the federal level.

Among the many problems associated with campus sexual assaults are the facts: that as stated it is vastly underreported with fewer than one in 10 actually getting reported; that alcohol is involved in approximately 70% of all cases leading many women to not being able to remember what actually happened; the assailant is known to the victim in close to 90% of the cases because they are classmates frequently.

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Ever been assaulted on campus? Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

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Campus Sexual Assault Reporting

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This is a story about Campus Sexual Assaults and why so few of them are reported. It also suggests, for the first time that we’ve seen in writing, something that we have been talking about for years-that the University get out of the investigation and prosecution of these serious crimes and leave it to a professional law enforcement agency.

However, experts say many victims do not report sexual assaults.

Although 40 percent of the population report sexual assaults, only about 12 percent of college students report a sexual assault, said Scott Berkowitz, the president of Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

Berkowitz said sometimes it is hard for students to report a sexual assault because of how the university handles the situation.

“It’s a hard decision,” he said. “There is no incentive to [report] unless it’s going to be taken seriously, and there is some sense of justice.”
About 90 percent of students who are sexually assaulted know their perpetrators. In the general population, 66 percent of victims are assaulted by an acquaintance, Berkowitz said.

He said this can contribute to hesitation about reporting an assault.

Berkowitz said he suggests students to report to law enforcement, rather than to university officials, because of how some universities handle cases.

“Most of the time, students are instructed to report to the university, but we encourage them to report to police enforcement because there is protection in place for the victim and the accused,” Berkowitz said. “Most university judicial systems judicate charges, like plagiarism. Rape is a violent crime, and we need to take rape as seriously as we do murder. The [university judicial system] just doesn’t fit the crime.”

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Stopping College Campus Sexual Assaults

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Recently U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal D-Conn. met with the University of St. Joseph students, professors and staff and talked about the need for cultural change regarding Campus Sexual Assaults.

This was the third roundtable discussion that Sen. Blumenthal has had about sexual assaults on college campuses. He hopes to shape legislation and propose funding for programs that might help prevent it and better serve assault victims-good luck Senator!

Their laws on the books now and tons of money that have been thrown at this problem but the statistics haven’t changed.

— Close to 25% of all females on a college campus will be sexually assaulted in her four years there.
— Only an estimated one out of every 10 sexual assaults is ever even reported.
— The perpetrators are known to the victims and 90% of the cases-they are classmates.
— Little of anything is ever done to the perpetrators if they are caught which hardly ever happens.
— Alcohol is involved in over 70% of the cases.

The attention this year to sexual assault on college campuses in Connecticut was spurred by a Title IX complaint seven current and former University of Connecticut students filed in October, charging that UConn didn’t protect them from sexual assault and didn’t provide them with the help they needed when they reported it.

“Blumenthal said he has heard that some college women are reluctant to report a sexual assault if they have been drinking. They feel they’ll be told, ‘You’re underage, you were drunk, what did you expect? You were at that fraternity. Don’t you know that?’ But that’s not a defense.”

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Rate Of Sexual Assaults on Campus Must Decline

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This story from the Post-Gazette is an opinion piece about sexual assaults on college campuses.

You can read the whole story HERE.

The gist of the editorial is that parents have enough to worry about sending their daughter off to college without having to worry about whether or not she will be raped. And of course the young woman is in the same boat. She has plenty to be concerned about as well. But she shouldn’t have to worry about being sexually assaulted.

“A recent White House report revealed that a staggering one in five female students reported being the victim of a sexual assault. Worse, only one in eight student victims report the crime.”

Among other things alcohol plays a huge role in these sexual assaults. With the party atmosphere at most colleges, alcohol and drugs flow freely and young men entice young women to be part of the group and have some fun by drinking.

There is a new push by the White House and Pres. Barack Obama for change in the college culture. He is calling on young people in college to acknowledge sexual assault is unacceptable. He is forming a task force to develop recommendations to prevent the crime and then how to respond to it once it’s reported.

The feeling at the White House is if you want to solve the problem you need to find out why sexual assaults occur and then determine why so few are reported.

“No parent should ever fear for a child’s safety when he or she departs for college” so says Arne Duncan, Education Secretary.

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College Sexual Assaults Often Go Unreported; Change On The Way?

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Although the Federal Clery Act requires U.S. colleges to document and disclose all sexual assaults that occur on their campuses annually, universities can only tabulate reported incidents; and sexual assaults often go unreported. To address the problem, a number of students and experts on sexual violence are pushing universities to conduct comprehensive student surveys.

While some schools have been accused of manipulating the statistics — as alleged in complaints against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California — the major obstacle for most universities lies in the nature of the crime itself.

The rest of the story is HERE.

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.

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Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

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One week ago today Pres. Obama signed a memorandum creating a task force to combat sexual assaults on the nation’s college campuses. He gave the task force 90 days to draw some recommendations on how to deal with sexual assaults on college campuses-both on how to prevent them and how people respond to them-specifically law enforcement and University officials.

Read the whole story HERE

The White House released a report that shows that many female college student face this problem. Some of these staggering statistics are:

1. One in five women have been assaulted in college.

2. 12% of those victims report that they were sexually assaulted.

3. 22 million American women have been raped in her lifetime.

4. 98% of perpetrators are male.

5. Almost all of the perpetrators are known to the victim-mostly because they are classmates.

“One of the major points of the report shows that the judicial response to sexual assaults has been inadequate, noting the lack of prosecutions and convictions. The report also notes that victims of sexual assault could suffer from depression or other physical ailments because of the abuse.”

Students from several major universities have filed complaints under title IX and the Clery Act.

We have been writing about this issue for years and feel it’s about time somebody high on the food chain took notice. The White House is calling for a culture shift on sexual assaults on college campuses. We wish them luck.

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Can New California Bill For Reporting Rapes On College Campuses Be The Answer?

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There is a new law before the California General Assembly that would change the way rapes on or near college campuses are reported.

One of the big problems, in our opinion, is that sexual assaults on college campuses have typically been handled by on campus personnel with no outside interference from local police. This has led to a a plethora of problems all designed to protect the reputation of the University at the expense of the victims.

Read the whole Newsweek story HERE.

This new law would require that all sexual assaults on or near college campuses be handled by local police departments leaving the universities completely out of the process. We hope that this passes in California and further that it spreads throughout the country. But don’t underestimate the power of the political machine that colleges and universities generate.

The sponsor of the bill said he expects a tough fight over the bill — just about every member of the legislature has a major university in their district.

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New Way To Handle College Sexual Assault Complaints

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When the California legislature reconvenes in January, assembly member Mike Gatto from Los Angeles is introducing a bill that would amend the state code of education requiring colleges to report sexual assaults that occur on or near college campuses to local police departments.

This is a huge change from the way assaults on college campuses are handled now. Now they are either swept under the carpet, investigated in a halfhearted manner or completely mishandled. In any event the punishments are ludicrous all in an effort to avoid a public relations nightmare which the universities cannot afford.

As college students across the country are aware, several groups have filed title IX complaints against some high profile universities for the way they have handled (mishandled) sexual assault complaints.

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