White House Weighs In On Campus Sexual Assaults

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This is a story from Reuters news service about campus Sexual Assaults and how the White House is pressing U.S. Colleges and Universities to do more to curb these assaults.

Part of the national effort is to establish new website NotAlone.gov to help victims find resources and report crimes. This comes after a three-month study on how to curb sexual assaults on college campuses.

“Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault. No more turning a blind eye or pretending it doesn’t exist,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement released on Monday evening.

The White House said one in five women is sexually assaulted while attending college, most often in her first or second year of study. Usually the perpetrator is known to her and more often than not the assault goes unreported.

The new recommendations include encouraging schools to conduct a “climate survey” to identify the scope of the problem on their respective campuses, creating confidential places for victims to seek support, and initiating training programs for school officials who work with victims.

The website will provide resources for students including hotline numbers for mental health services and data on how to file complaints of abuse.

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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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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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Campus Sexual Assaults-A New Look

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This week in Washington DC a Department of Education panel continues negotiations over new regulations on sexual assaults on college campuses. You can read the whole story HERE.

At the heart of the discussion is a report which revealed that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Some people claim it is more than that because so many assault are not reported.

The report also acknowledges what they call “the dynamics of college life” a euphemism for the availability of alcohol and the propensity for its irresponsible consumption which appears to fuel the problem of sexual assault. Nearly 70% of all reported cases involve the use of alcohol or drugs.

Many men operate with impunity in campus environments where drinking is part of almost every social activity.

Women must assume the responsibility to look after each other.

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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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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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Male Title IX Campus Assault Backlash

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For years now women have filed federal complaints which claim that campus sexual assault investigators lack training and failed to adequately investigate facts of that assault. They also maintain that these felony assailants get too much leniency in their punishment.

Read the rest of the story HERE.

Now men are claiming that the investigations are biased in favor of the accusers. There is little doubt in anybody’s mind that the justice system on campus widely differs from the criminal justice system in existence for everyone else.

Colleges that receive federal financial support are required to report sexual assaults on campus every year.

Nearly 30% of all women in a four-year university will be assaulted in her time there. It is a well-documented fact that only 10 percent of all alleged campus assaults even get reported.

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Combatting Campus Sexual Assaults

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Some senior design students at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana have decided to raise awareness of the link between sexual assault and alcohol in a creative way.

You can read their whole story HERE.

The students decided on this campaign after the abnormally high number of campus alerts for sexual assault this past semester. The campaign is part of a course that it is an elective called “Design for Social Good: Affecting Positive Change”

Part of their idea is to put up posters in women’s restrooms. The posters contained a statistic on sexual assault, a list of resources and an invitation to write on the poster with a Sharpie, starting a written dialogue about sexual assault.

Sexual assaults on college campuses is a huge problem with nearly 25 to 30% of all females sexually assaulted in their four-year career at a University. The correlation between alcohol and sexual assault is high at almost 90%.

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Officials: More Work Needed On Campuses’ Sexual Assault Policies

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“Despite a 2012 law designed to standardize Connecticut colleges’ handling of sexual assaults on campus, victims are still not getting the help they need.

That’s the takeaway from an hours long hearing held Wednesday, during which four University of Connecticut students who are suing the school for its handling of their sexual assault complaints shared their stories with legislators.

The students reported a variety of problems, including a campus police officer telling one victim he didn’t believe her and another not finding the right channels to lodge a complaint, according to a CT News Junkie article.

But the issue does not affect UConn alone, according to a CT Mirror report. A report card released in 2012 by the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services shows a variety of different reporting methods and education and training requirements at the state’s public and private colleges.”

Read the whole story HERE

“While most of the schools have greatly improved their approach to preventing and responding to sexual harassment and violence, CONNSACS recommends more be done and officials agree, the Mirror says.

Administrators in the Connecticut State University system are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss policies related to the issue. The CSU system includes the four state universities and 12 community colleges.”

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Emerson College Ignored Complaint of Sexual Assault

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Outrage is growing on the Boston campus of Emerson College. This comes after a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education over the college’s handling of a sexual assault report.

Students at Emerson are furious about how the school allegedly handles allegations of rape on campus, but now the school says they’re going to do better and make changes.

Emerson College says they can do better when it comes to sexual assaults on campus.

This comes after a student claims they took months to address her report of rape on campus, and during that time she was reportedly raped a second time by the same student in her dorm where they both lived. She says Emerson told her not to go to police, according to the Boston Globe.

The rest of the story is HERE.

And according to the Boston Globe, the victimized student says the school told her not to go to police.

“That should have been the first place they told her to go.”

Sarah LaFlamme says she, too, is a victim of sexual assault. It didn’t happen at Emerson College but she believes students need a network for help.

“I think it’s good to bring in people who have been assaulted to work with students and I think they have put something in place to do that.”

College President M. Lee Pelton said the school will hire a “sexual assault” advocate who will support sexual assault victims and oversee how the school responds to reports of abuse.

“Already this year, RA’s had implemented additional sexual assault training, and the college is taking it very seriously, and they are going to do better, we will do better in the future,” said senior Kara Rotschafer.

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Swarthmore Student Again In Campus Sex-Assault Dispute

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A Swarthmore College junior already at the center of a nationally publicized row over how the elite suburban liberal-arts school deals with sexual-assault cases is embroiled in a new controversy – also over the explosive issue of rape on campus.

Swarthmore officials say they removed Mia Ferguson, 19, this week from her new job as a dormitory resident adviser, or RA, because she would not divulge the name of a rape victim whose alleged attacker still lives on the Delaware County campus.

You can read the whole story HERE.

Ferguson insists that she is under no such obligation and that Swarthmore’s move is a case of retaliation. She is one of two students behind last spring’s federal complaint that the school has been lax in investigating and reporting sexual-assault cases, an allegation that has roiled the leafy campus.

Now, said Ferguson, an engineering major, the college is using the Title IX requirement against her, insisting that she should have reported the alleged rape victim’s name after a two-year-old allegation was brought up again during her training to become a resident adviser earlier this month.

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Tougher Rape On Campus Policies Promised

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As dorm rooms are dusted and campus squares begin to bustle with students, dozens of federal lawsuits are forcing colleges around the country to face an oft ignored reality — rape culture on campus.
Students at 29 universities around the country have brought legal action, accusing institutions of negligence in the handling of reports of sexual violence and violating Title IX, a 1972 law protecting students from discrimination driven by gender.

In March, Congress passed the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE), adding more legal oomph to student-led efforts. A sister act to congressional reinforcement of the Violence Against Women Act, SaVE updated the list of offenses that universities must report among statistics on campus crime including dating violence, stalking and domestic violence. It also clearly outlines a university’s legal responsibilities to prevent and address sexual assault — processes that many universities have struggled with. These new obligations, which are effective March 7, 2014, give the schools the beginning semesters to review their current policies and modify their procedures for handling sexual offenses as well as train personnel.

“Schools can no longer hide their heads in the sand about this,” Harvard Law School’s Professor Diane Rosenfeld, who directs Harvard’s Gender Violence Program, told MSN News. “Many schools want to believe that it doesn’t happen at their school, but they simply must face the fact that it does.”

Students reporting rape often turn first to campus officials. The allegations are usually hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court because it’s often one person’s word against another. Many schools hold formal court-like hearings where panels of faculty and students determine whether a student is responsible for sexual misconduct and recommend how to discipline a student who is found responsible.

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