Seeking Justice For Campus Rapes
One of out 5 women will be sexually assaulted during her college years. Despite federal laws created to protect students, colleges and universities have failed to protect women from this epidemic of sexual assault. NPR News Investigations and the Center for Public Integrity teamed up to examine this ongoing problem on college campuses.
Schools should not punish a victim of sexual abuse if she broke rules on drugs or alcohol use, the guidelines say.
And in guidance being announced by Vice President Biden today, schools are being told they must investigate such cases in a timely manner. The announcement follows problems uncovered in an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity.
March 4, 2010 One reason colleges have a hard time stopping sexual assault is a misconception about who is committing these crimes. The assumption is that rapes are often committed by young men whose judgment is impaired by drinking. But one researcher says many rapists are serial predators and intentionally look for vulnerable women.
February 25, 2010 NPR News Investigation: Margaux was a freshman at Indiana University when, she says, another student living on her floor raped her. The local police refused to prosecute, so Margaux took the case to the campus justice system. In the end, it seemed to Margaux's family that the entire system was designed to just make the victim go away, to pretend the crime never happened.
February 24, 2010 Despite federal laws created to hold colleges accountable, schools almost never expel men found responsible for rape. Victims who do report the crime are left with few options, and have been unable to count on help from the government's oversight agency.