Where We Live: Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Many victims drop out of school, while their alleged attackers graduate
One in five women who enter college will become a victim of rape or attempted rape before they graduate. These numbers are from a report funded by the Department of Justice. A subsequent nine-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity shows that many victims never report the things that happen to them, and many who do end up feeling re-victimized by the process put in place to help them.
Today, Where We Live, a look at the widespread phenomenon of sexual assault on campus and the questions surrounding the way schools adjudicate crimes in-house. Universities say their mission is to educate, not to administer justice, to enforce behavioral codes, not laws. So why are schools handling serious accusations of rape and assault internally? And how do campus cultures of binge drinking and casual sex fuel a dangerous situation that can be confusing for everyone—most of all victims?
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