Campus Sexual Assault News Clips

Campus Sexual Assault News Clips

MSNBC, 6/26/14: Survivors Testify At Senate Hearing On Campus Sex Assault

Survivors of sexual assault on college campuses pressed members of a Senate committee Thursday to make serious changes to the federal regulations aimed at fighting violence and harassment on campus.

Bloomberg News, 6/24/14: Campus Sex Assault Complaints Languish As US Delays Mount 

Deluged by discrimination complaints against U.S. colleges, the Education Department is taking years to resolve cases involving alleged sexual assault at Harvard Law School and Princeton University, and lawmakers are questioning the agency’s ability to enforce its own rules.

Democrat & Chronicle, 6/23/14: Lawmakers Map Their Next Step On Addressing College Sexual Assault

McCaskill is surveying 450 colleges and universities to better understand the extent of sexual violence on campuses. The results are due later this summer. McCaskill is leading a bipartisan group of six senators who plan to introduce legislation later this year to improve how colleges handle sexual violence and harassment cases.

Review Journal, 6/13/14: Heller calls for new law on campus sex assault reporting

After meeting Friday with campus sexual assault victims’ advocates, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said a law needs to be changed to ensure such attacks are properly reported and tracked to protect women at universities and colleges nationwide.

The Journal News, 6/3/14: Senators are told reporting has flaws

Significant gaps exist in federal oversight of sexual violence and harassment on college campuses despite sometimes overlapping laws, experts told three U.S. senators Monday.

Poughkeepsie Journal, 5/30/14: Gillibrand: Give colleges incentive to report sex abuse

Graduating high-school seniors should know how many sexual assaults have occurred at the colleges they may want to attend, according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.  "Right now, there are no incentives for colleges to report these crimes or to make sure that justice is done," the New York Democrat said in an interview.

The Journal News, 5/26/14: Gillibrand Makes Campus Sexual Assault Her Next Cause

Graduating high-school seniors should know how many rapes and other sexual assaults have occurred at the colleges they may want to attend, according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Think Progress, 5/21/14: Rape Survivors Pressure The Princeton Review To Include Sexual Assaults in College Rankings

More than 200 people, including both sexual assault survivors and their loved ones, have signed onto a petition urging the Princeton Review to include schools’ rape policies in its future college rankings. The survivors have added their voices to a larger advocacy push targeting the college admission services company, after more than 35,000 members of the feminist group UltraViolet signed a similar petition last week.

CNN, 5/14/14: Gillibrand Fights College Sexual Assault

Sen. Gillibrand details her fight for transparency and accountability for sexual assaults committed on college campuses

Connecticut Mirror, 5/12/14: Blumenthal wants ‘bill of rights’ for college victims of sexual violence

After hearing from hundreds of Connecticut college students about their experiences of sexual violence, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants an overhaul of federal law and enforcement procedures to ensure that college staff no longer turn away students seeking help.

Buzzfeed, 5/7/14: Alleged Rapist At Northeastern University Transfers Without Penalties

After a university hearing ruled a student committed sexual assault with penetration, he successfully appealed on the basis that the level of consent the board used was “too high.” His accuser filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Wednesday.

The New York Times, 5/3/14: Fight Against Sexual Assaults Holds Colleges to Account

Emma Sulkowicz said she knew it would be awful to go before a disciplinary panel and describe being raped by a fellow student, but nothing prepared her for what came next. She said one of the two women on the panel, a university official, asked her, repeatedly, how the painful sex act she described was physically possible.

The AP, 5/2/14: 5 things to know about campus sexual assault probe

It's a list that no college or university wants to be on.  The Education Department on Thursday revealed the names of 55 colleges and universities facing a Title IX investigation for their responses to sexual abuse and violence on their campuses.

Huffington Post, 5/1/14: 55 Colleges Face Sexual Assault Investigations

Fifty-five higher education institutions are currently under review by the department's Office for Civil Rights for allegedly mishandling sexual assault and harassment on campus in violation of the gender equity law Title IX.

Huffington Post, 4/30/14: College Campus Safety: What Parents & Students Should Know

In a letter penned to the Senate Committee Appropriations leaders, Senators Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and McCaskill (D-Miss.) called for an increase in the federal funding required for better investigation and appropriate enforcement of sexual assault laws.

The New York Times, 4/29/14: Behind Focus on College Assaults, a Steady Drumbeat by Students

In March, two women who were sexually assaulted when they were students at the University of North Carolina arrived unannounced at the office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand with a request: Help us stop sexual assault on college campuses.

The New York Times, 4/28/14: White House to Press Colleges to Do More to Combat Rape

Reacting to a series of highly publicized rapes on college campuses, the White House on Monday released guidelines that increase the pressure on universities to more aggressively combat sexual assaults on campus.  The recommendations urge colleges, among other measures, to conduct anonymous surveys about sexual assault cases, adopt anti-assault policies that have been considered successful at other universities and to better ensure that the reports of such crimes remain confidential.

Auburn Citizen, 4/27/14: Eye on NY: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leads effort to combat sexual assaults on college campuses

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and six of her Senate colleagues sent a letter this week to the co-chairs of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The letter included three proposals for the panel to consider as it drafts its own recommendations for colleges to address sexual assaults on campuses across the country.

Brown Daily Herald, 4/23/14: U. mishandled sexual assault case, victim says

Alleged perpretrator received one-year suspension, will join victim on campus in fall

Huffington Post, 4/21/14: Bipartisan Senate Group Demands More Transparency In College Sexual Assault Investigations

In a letter released Monday, a bipartisan group of senators called on the White House task force on college sexual assault to adopt three reforms aimed at bringing greater transparency to the way schools respond to sexual violence on campus.  The letter, drafted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), was originally sent to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault last week

Fox59, 4/17/14: Students demand change in way Butler investigates sexual assaults

University students rallied around one of their own, bringing awareness to sexual assaults on college campuses.

The New York Times, 4/16/14: A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation

The case has unfolded as colleges and universities across the country are facing rising criticism over how they deal with sexual assault, as well as questions about whether athletes sometimes receive preferential treatment. The Times’s examination — based on police and university records, as well as interviews with people close to the case, including lawyers and sexual assault experts — found that, in the Winston case, Florida State did little to determine what had happened.

Washington Post, 4/15/14: Sen. McCaskill sends out ‘unprecedented’ survey about campus rape to colleges 

As the next step in looking at what to do about the problem of sexual assault on campus, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is sending out an extensive survey to 350 college and university presidents across the country.

Salon.com, 4/9/14: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: “The price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted”

The New York Democrat is taking on the sexual assault crisis unfolding on college campuses across the country

Buzzfeed, 4/4/14: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand And Claire McCaskill Begin To Take On College Sexual Assault

The two recently battled over the way the military combats assault, but now they are teaming up to get Congress to commit more funding to fighting sexual assault on college campuses. “[T]he price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted,” Gillibrand said.