" is the title of the first report of The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. This report comes after a number of incidents of sexual assault were under-investigated or ignored at numerous college campus' in the US.
“Colleges and universities can no longer turn a blind eye or pretend rape and sexual assault doesn’t occur on their campuses,” Vice President Biden said as a 20-page report was released Tuesday. “We need to provide survivors with more support and we need to bring perpetrators to more justice and we need colleges and universities to step up.”
Among the report’s recommendations
●Colleges should learn about what’s happening on campus through systematic surveys.
●Colleges should promote “bystander intervention,” in others words, getting witnesses to step in when misconduct arises. “It’s up to all of us to put an end to sexual assault,” Obama said in a public service announcement. “And that starts with you.”
●Colleges should identify trained victim advocates who can provide emergency and ongoing support. The administration also released a sample reporting and confidentiality protocol, as well as a “checklist” for an effective sexual misconduct policy.
Presidents of both Columbia
have spoken about this issue.
So have the victims
"a group of activists is taking matters further, pressuring the Princeton Review, the nation’s most influential test prep and college admissions guide, to include the number of reported sexual assaults on campus in its annual ranking of colleges and universities.
'Our members are making phone calls to Princeton Review to demand action,' said Nita Chaudhary, the co-founder of UltraViolet, the group who began the original petition. 'We’ve logged over 700 phone calls, are very active on social media and are planning online advertising to target Princeton Review and from there we’ll see.'
With alarming new research showing that one in five college women will be victims of sexual assault or attempted assault, the White House has released the names of 55 colleges and universities under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints. "
Much attention was also directed at Swarthmore College after 91 complaints of sexual misconduct in a single year that was reported in a longform article
in Philadelphia Magazine.
Pressure from President Obama on colleges to address this issue started in January: "Acting
a month after he gave the Pentagon a year to show it had cut down on the number of sexual assaults in the military, Mr. Obama summoned cabinet officials and senior advisers to a meeting to review progress more broadly against rape and other sexual attacks throughout society. But the focus was on problems at college campuses."
Like all presidential actions, not everyone supports Obama's measures to curb sexual assault on college campus'. These moves by Obama have attracted commentary
and editorials, most notably by conservative commentator, George Will, who claimed that "colleges become the victims of progressivism
" and that " victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges". Reaction has been pointed