Sexual Assault on Campus
December 3, 2009 3:57 PM Subscribe
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A nine-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity
reveals that student victims of sexual assaults "face a depressing litany of barriers that often either assure their silence or leave them feeling victimized a second time."Part I - "Sexual Assault on Campus Clouded in Secrecy"
- While one in five collegiate women will be sexually assaulted, 95% will never report it. Those who do face off-the-record negotiations and secretive disciplinary processes. Half of victims report unsuccessful attempts to file criminal charges. School officials blame FERPA for their secrecy.
Part II - "Barriers Curb Reporting on Campus Sexual Assault"
- Almost 60% of colleges provide no training to students on how to identify and report sexual assault. Though the Clery Act requires schools to have well-publicized disciplinary proceedures, sexual assault cases rarely make their way to adjudication.
Part III - "Campus Sexual Assault Statistics Don’t Add Up"
- Under-reporting of sexual assault by campuses is frequent. The Clery Act provides several loopholes exempting campusus from counting rapes reported to counselors and allowing campuses to classify some sexual assaults as "non-forcible sexual offenses." 62% of colleges are out of compliance with the Clery Act's reporting requirements. In 49 out of 58 cases, local service programs and clinics reported higher sexual assault rates than the campuses they serve. Because schools compete with each other for low sexual assault numbers, universities which count sexual assaults accurately are indirectly penalized.