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6 Colleges That Don’t Handle Sexual Assaults and Now May Pay

6 Colleges That Don’t Handle Sexual Assaults and Now May Pay
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Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Of those victims, only 54% of sexual assaults are reported to the police and only 3% of rapists ever spend a day in jail. (Statistics: RAINN)

These are depressing statistics, but thanks to the efforts of a group of survivor-activists, there is hope for the future with the launch of Know Your IX, a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the United States about their rights under Title IX, the†landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.†The site offers survivors resources to report assaults, change policies at their college campus, support victims and spread the word about sexual violence.

My hope is that Know Your IX will help students file complaints at some of the biggest offenders when it comes to dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses.

Take a look at some of the worst offenders below.

1. University of California, Berkeley

After being raped on campus by a fellow classmate, Aria Mostov said the following of her school’s handling of her sexual assault:†”The process made me feel raped a second time.”

Not only did the school inaccurately record her testimony, saying that when she told her assailant to stop he did (which she reports he did not), the police then declined to investigate and she was forced to attend class with her alleged rapist five days a week for an entire semester. Mostov filed another complaint, even showing a recording of her alleged rapist confessing, but the case dragged on for six months and was ultimately dropped.

Mostov is not alone. The†Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR) at the school held a news conference last month reporting that the school†”grossly mishandles sexual assaults and rapes on its campus.”

“Students who go to receive counseling are promised services they never receive, they’re not informed of their rights, they’re not treated with the same respect and they’re not provided the same material as the students accused of raping them,” said Tucker Reed, co-founder of SCAR and a survivor of rape herself.

2. University of North Carolina

When the University of North Carolina was facing†increasing reports of sexual assaults on campus, they found the perfect solution: pressure the†assistant dean of students to underreport.

That’s exactly what happened to†Melinda Manning, then UNCís assistant dean of students,who spent the majority of her time serving as an ally for sexual assault victims. When she refused to cooperate, Manning endured a hostile work environment for the next two years directed mostly by her supervisor who canceled meetings without notice, failed to respond to emails and ultimately lashed out with threats. Eventually she resigned after working at UNC for 11 years.

Manning and three UNC students, as well as a former student, have come forward to file a complaint against the school with the U.S. Department of Education claiming the university violated the rights of sexual assault victims and facilitated a hostile environment for students reporting sexual assault.

ďIím filing because I donít want anyone else to have to experience what I did because of the negligence of the University and their failure to acknowledge the importance of survivorsí needs,Ē said one of the victims in the case.

3. University of Southern California

When a student at the University of Southern California reported being raped to campus police she was told that the assault wasn’t actually considered rape because the assailant did not orgasm.

When another student reported being sexually assaulted at a fraternity event, she was told by an officer that women should not “go out, get drunk and expect not to get raped.”

Clearly, USC is mishandling reports of sexual assault on their campus. Luckily, several students have taken matters into their own hands filing a Title IX complaint against the school†for their failure to respond†promptly to complaints of harassment on campus and†prosecute rape.

Tucker Reed, the lead complainant, provided an audio recording of her boyfriend admitting to raping her and the school still dismissed her case saying that the goal was to offer an “educative” process, not to “punish” the assailant.

“The problems are rampant within every department, pretty much every service on campus,” said Reed. “There is an overwhelming disregard for women and students going through obvious trauma, and they traumatized them further.”

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12:00AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

We NEED to Stop sexual abuse --NOW!!! RAPE IS WRONG--ALWAYS !!!

12:31PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing this. Nice to be informed.

11:34AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Scott h is right: sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s a crime and what isn’t. Maybe colleges/universities need to provide a primer that explains the laws in that particular jurisdiction, and what will and won’t be tolerated by the school.

10:36AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

BMutiny T. get real. Many women get themselves into situations where they are enjoying until someone says something the next day. We in this society do not educate about sex. We do not encourage women to enjoy sex. We give the message that being a sexual woman is some how bad.

10:23AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Since these universities seem SOOO intent on redefining the law, maybe the only way to get their attention is to hit them in the wallet - and in the press.
I think that a few highly-publicized civil procedures against the administration and the campus police will get them to re-think their appalling lack of insight and compassion. But sad that in this country in this day and age, it should have to come to that...

10:10AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

I want more details. Looking at a lot of the asinine laws that call something this and another that, it is clear to most after reading some those laws they were made by the 1000 monkey theorems.
This is the time when we need to question everything. We get one side of the issue but not the other. I went to college and since there were women who were conflicted about sex. Several posters have expressed doubts too. Yes there are false claims and time when what was happening is confusion,misunderstandings,emotional upsetment,and the lack of clearly defined boundaries.

9:11AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

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8:37AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

The figures are scary. Everyone- men and women- need to be so careful of sexual abuse and should it ever happen to them, immediately report it. Here in Johannesburg we are in the midst of a huge sex scandal at one of our best universities. People are afraid to come forward, and that is a very bad reflection on the support structures apparently in place for them.

5:03AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Parents, you need to educate your children that state or local police are the ones that need to be contacted if they are affected by any crime, especially rape or any other sexual assault. College cops are only there to make it seem like it is safe so that more young adults will flock there. The Colleges care nothing about what has been done to you. They care about their reputations and how much money they can make off you.

8:53AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

I guess I missed something along the way but when did the campus of schools start to be their own country? Why should these women have to report to the school at all, CALL THE COPS. These colleges and other schools for that matter have gotten a little, NO a LOT out of hand. There are crimes that the school administration have NO right to handle, AGAIN, CALL THE COPS.

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