5 Things To Know About CASA
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Five Things to Know
- Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, colleges and universities have a legal obligation to provide an environment that is free from discrimination on the basis sex in all education programs and activities. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX.
- According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, college campuses reported over 6,700 forcible sex offenses in 2014 – but a recent study shows that the actual number of offenses is estimated to be at least four times that number. Still, 41 percent of colleges and universities recently surveyed have not conducted a single investigation of sexual violence on their campus in the past five years.
- Fewer than one-third of the students found responsible for sexual assault are expelled. Currently, 178 universities are under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for alleged violations of Title IX related to sexual violence.
- Most cases of campus sexual assault are not instances of “stranger rape.” 78% of campus sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows.
- The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act would flip the current incentives for colleges to sweep sexual violence under the rug, increase cooperation with local law enforcement, provide real transparency and accountability for sexual violence on campus and help establish a more professional and informed student disciplinary process that better serves both the survivor and the accused student.