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A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity reveals that universities across the nation are failing to hold rapists accountable

October 28, 2012

“The Center interviewed 50 experts familiar with the campus disciplinary process, as well as 33 female students who have reported being sexually assaulted by other students. The inquiry included a review of records in select cases; a survey of 152 crisis services programs and clinics on or near college campuses; and an examination of 10 years of complaints filed against institutions with the U.S. Education Department under Title IX and the Clery Act. The probe reveals that students deemed “responsible” for alleged sexual assaults on college campuses can face little or no consequence for their acts. Yet their victims’ lives are frequently turned upside down. For them, the trauma of assault can be compounded by a lack of institutional support, and even disciplinary action. Many times, victims drop out of school, while their alleged attackers graduate. Administrators believe the sanctions commonly issued in the college judicial system provide a thoughtful and effective way to hold culpable students accountable, but victims and advocates say the punishment rarely fits the crime.”

“‘There’s no evidence to suggest that a college campus can rehabilitate a sex offender,’ says Brett Sokolow, of the National Center on Higher Education Risk Management, which consults schools on sexual assault policies. ‘So why are we even taking that chance?'”

Read the full article here: A lack of consequences for sexual assault: Students found responsible face modest penalties, while victims are traumatized

 

 

 

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