Campus Sexual Assault Probes Heat Up
“Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California are under investigation by the U.S. Education Department for their responses to campus sexual harassment and misconduct.”
That was the lead sentence in an article about sexual assault investigations on College campuses recently. The article called the procedures to prevent and investigate rapes and sexual assaults on campus “amateurish and antiquated.”
We have been writing about this topic for close to two years now because rape and sexual assaults on college campuses has gotten to the point where it’s an epidemic. Close to 30% of all College-age women can expect to be assaulted in their time at their institution of higher learning.
It looks like other people are picking up the cause. You can imagine our surprise when we saw a story recently on CNN that discussed the same problems that we have been talking about and proposed the very solutions that we have been writing about.
Among other things, they discussed the fact that less than one in ten incidents of sexual assault is ever even reported. Almost 90% of all victims know their attacker and almost 50% of those attacks occurred on a date. That is where the term “date rape” came into being.
And College and University administrators are not exactly on board with investigating these crimes. What administrator wants to hear about sex offenders or sexual predators on their campus?
Colleges and Universities are not geared to handle judiciary functions-that is not why they are there. Students are told to keep campus crimes on campus. So as long as the University investigates sexual assaults in cases of rape, it’s like the fox guarding the hen house.
For years, students who committed sexual assaults and rapes on campus were guilty of “violating the student handbook” not committing a felony. If they were found guilty, they got a slap on the wrist rather than jail time. It became a campus joke.
The CNN story followed our lead and recommended that these crimes be investigated and prosecuted by local law enforcement rather than the campus police. That is a good start!
The story also recommended that women on college campuses start learning how to defend themselves by learning some basic self-defense techniques and carrying a self-defense weapon such as a pepper spray or a stun device. This self-defense techniques and carrying a self-defense weapon such as a pepper spray or a stun device. This self –defense training DVD called Women’s Combat is one of only a few geared strictly to women’s self-defense.
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