Over the past few weeks, news of a 500-word essay assigned as punishment for sexual assault at Gustavas College in Minnesota and of a series of sexual harassment charges filed against faculty at UC Berkeley have put campus sexual violence back in the national spotlight. These stories have focused on how Title IX—the federal law that prohibits […]
There’s new evidence to suggest that college administrations are actively—and artificially—keeping campus rape numbers low. A study from the University of Kansas, published recently in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, found that when post-secondary schools are being audited for Clery Act violations—i.e. failure to report to the federal government the number of sexual assaults taking place […]
Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses across the U.S. As we wrote in the winter/spring 2014 issue of Ms., one in five women students will be assaulted during her post-secondary career. The good news is that lawmakers are taking action to stop campus rape: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) announced earlier this month plans for federal […]
The University of California has created new guidelines for campus administrators to report sexual assault. They are now required to report more types of violence and harassment, provide more support to victims and create harsher punishments for perpetrators. The Clery Act already requires such actions of the university, but UC has also addressed issues that […]
Campus rape has recently become a mainstream issue. And there’s hope and evidence that this situation is changing, as a reinvigorated campus anti-rape movement is burgeoning across the country.