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A Controversial Proposal to Fix Fraternities: Keep the Women Out-6/11/15 “The University of Missouri in Columbia is considering an alumni group’s idea to ban women from fraternity houses on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.”
Prosecutors’ Group Backs Changes to College Campus Sexual Assault Investigations-8/14/15 “A national prosecutors’ group is backing a congressional proposal that would upend the handling of campus sexual assault cases, saying universities need to consult police before adjudicating and punishing potentially criminal offenses.”
Study finds that college websites often include only the 'necessary' information about sexual assault-8/14/15 “The content is difficult to locate and lacking in additional resources that could assist victims after an assault or help in prevention efforts.”
Students required to complete new sexual, gender-based violence, alcohol abuse prevention modules-8/13/15 ““All students could benefit from completing the ‘Alcohol-Wise’ in addition to the federal requirement on sexual violence,” Bruce said. “We want to make sure that all students are equipped with that basic information and we want to help students know what the sociaWhen reports of sexual assaults go up on campus, instead of worrying about their reputation, “the smart schools take that as an opportunity to say, ‘This is happening at every campus, so make sure you go to a campus that is handling it head on,’ ”l norms are at U.Va.””
The Secret Your Son Isn't Telling You About Campus Sexual Assault-8/12/15 “Here's a little secret that your teen son isn't telling you as he heads off to campus: he doesn't know what constitutes rape.”
Curbing Sexual Assault Becomes Big Business On Campus-8/12/15 “It was once a tiny niche market, but it is now an exploding industry with everything from fingernail polish that detects date-rape drugs in drinks to necklaces that hide mini panic buttons — and all kinds of crash courses on how to get and give consent.”
How 'emotional reasoning' informs current campus sexual assault hysteria-8/11/15 “The idea that feelings, developed over time and after the intervention of college administrators or therapists, have been shaping attitudes toward sexual assault with devastating consequences.”
Ramapo College review calls for more security, hard liquor ban after alleged sexual assault-8/8/15 “In proposing a ban on vodka, whiskey and other spirits, she said that “many of the more problematic incidents that have occurred on campus during the past few years have involved the consumption of hard alcoholic drinks and shots of hard liquor.””
College leaders should help protect rape survivors, not their school’s public image-7/31/15 “While there are certainly dedicated school administrators and faculty working alongside campus activists, at many schools, anyone who dares to imply that the university hesitates to punish an attacker is considered to be attacking their school.”
3 Themes From a Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault-7/30/15 “Among other requirements, the measure would direct campuses to designate confidential advisers for victims, sign memoranda of understanding with local law-enforcement agencies, and bolster due-process rights for accused students.”
‘Enough IS enough': Colleges don’t need more sex-assault legislation-7/27/15 “No student is going to ask themselves, “What state am I in? What definition of consent do I have to apply here?” which means the patchwork approach will ultimately fail to meet the needs of students and become a bureaucratic mess for institutions.”
We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they are-7/24/15 “Real predators should be stopped and punished. But the vast majority of our clients are confused college students who don’t know what they’re doing, don’t know what the rules are, and have no meaningful voice in the process that leads to their expulsion or suspension.”
Ruling in favor of UC .student accused of sex assault could ripple across U.S-7/15/15 “The judge also found that there was insufficient evidence to back the university's findings that Doe had forced the accuser, identified as Jane Roe, into sexual activity without her consent.”
‘Scarlet Letter’ would mark transcripts of college students convicted of assault-7/14/15 ” Newly proposed D.C. legislation would require colleges to put a permanent and prominent notation on the academic transcripts of students who are convicted of sexual assault or who try to withdraw from school while under investigation for sexual misconduct.”
Study counters 'serial rapist' model of campus sexual assaults-7/14/15 Among the men who reported acts of rape in the new study, only about 25 percent said they had committed those acts over multiple college years.”
To Prevent Sexual Assault, Start Early-7/14/15 “School districts, state governments and families alike need to recognize that sexual assault education and prevention need to start early, and that failing to address the problem will make it worse, not make it go away.”
Lawyers for rape accusers of Kobe Bryant, Jameis Winston altered U.S. campus culture-7/9/15 “Rape and sexual assault are inherently difficult to prove in criminal court, Clune and Kerr acknowledge. The only witnesses are usually the accuser and the accused. Alcohol and drugs are often involved. There’s usually little physical evidence, and even when there is, its value can be undermined by claims that the sex was consensual.”
Colleges Can Now Target An Overlooked Factor In Sexual Assault: Stalking-7/8/15 “The largest percentage of combined abusive behaviors were those experiencing experiencing stalking and rape/sexual assault, at 26 percent of women who were stalked.”
US Colleges Given Greater Role in Preventing Sexual Assaults-7/5/15 “Universities now must follow stricter reporting requirements for sexual assault allegations and must provide clear options to those who report an incident of suspected abuse. They must also provide prevention training for students and college employees.”
University Survey Highlights Role of ‘Verbal Coercion’ in Sexual Assault-6/25/15 “The threshold for “verbal pressure” in the survey, she said, was deliberately high — defined to include: “telling lies, threatening to end the relationship, threatening to spread rumors about them, showing displeasure, criticizing your sexuality or attractiveness or getting angry.””
UM Athletic Council defends plan to sell alcohol-6/20/15 “The school was warned that studies have found drinking at college sporting events "is associated with significant problems."”
We’re Getting Better Data On Sexual Assault, But We Need To Ask Better Questions-6/19/15 “As stories about college sexual assault continue to make headlines, we’re getting more and better data to help inform our discussions of rape on campus. But qualitative data on sexual assault for those not in college is still tough to come by.”
Panelists talk about campus sexual assault — the scope of the problem, and ways to prevent it-6/17/15 “When a moderator asked Katherine Bowman, now a volunteer rape response advocate in Birmingham, Alabama, about the role drinking plays in some incidents, with so many students describing hazy memories of sex, and regrets about getting so drunk they wound up in unsafe places, Bowman said: “He was the problem, not the alcohol.””
The best thing parents can do to help prevent sexual assault? Talk about it.-6/16/15  ““We found that the parents who were having extended conversations with their daughters about all these issues, that their daughters were safer in college.””
Changing the discussion on sexual assault: UCLA grad went from survivor to activist-6/15/15 “But she also got a parallel education in the politics of college sexual assault, here in the first state to establish affirmative consent — or “yes means yes” — as the rule for sex in college.”
College sexual assault: 10 questions to ask when choosing a school-6/15/15 “But amid the rush of applications, financial aid decisions, and plans to attend a dream school, many don’t want to hear about the possibility of sexual assault.”
College students remain deeply divided over what consent actually means-6/14/15  At least 40 percent of current and recent college students said the action established consent for more sexual activity. And at least 40 percent said it did not.”
Drinking is central to college culture – and to sexual assault-6/14/15  Heavy drinking is one of the most significant predictors of sexual assault in college, according to the poll of 1,053 current and recent college students.”Many others endured attempted attacks, the poll found, or suspect that someone violated them while they were unable to consent. Some say they were coerced into sex through verbal threats or promises.”
Campus Sexual Assault Can Cost Universities Millions-6/14/15 “How universities punish students responsible for sexual assault, the definition of consent on college campuses and the reliability of accusers have been called into question. As universities face intense scrutiny for their handling of sexual assault, the cost of accusations, formal charges and prevention measures is skyrocketing.”
Sexual assault during college is-common and life altering-6/12/15  Their personal accounts portray college as a world where unwelcome sexual experiences, ranging from fondling to rape, are so commonplace that they are almost mundane.”
College sexual assault1 in 5 college women say they were violated-6/12/15  Many others endured attempted attacks, the poll found, or suspect that someone violated them while they were unable to consent. Some say they were coerced into sex through verbal threats or promises.”
Poll details- One in 5 women say they have been sexually assaulted in college-6/12/15  Contains details of survey results
UM approves beer sales at sporting events-6/10/15 “"There is no single and simple solution to curb high-risk drinking," Loh said in the draft. "However, I believe that supporting safe and responsible drinking in a controlled environment, together with education and prevention, will enable us to better manage excess consumption.”
Sexual assault prevention program cuts risk of rape nearly 50%, study says-6/10/15 “Experts say the ubiquity of alcohol, freedom from parental monitoring, and an atmosphere that celebrates macho and athletic bravado are all factors that foster sexual assaults.”
Underage and binge drinking: Where is outrage?-6/6/15 “We can help by knowing whether our kids are at high risk for a drinking problem, knowing the warning signs of a teen drinking problem and acting promptly to get help for our kids.  Until then ... where is the outrage?”
Sexual melodrama on campus: The real story about college assault that David Brooks and Laura Kipnis don’t understand-6/3/15 “A large part of the protest is against what critics say is lack of meaningful action on the part of college administrators. People want their voices heard, and these moments of street theater have proven effective attention-getters.”
Why do high-profile campus rape stories keep falling apart?-6/2/15 “. Every high-profile story that crumbles under scrutiny reinforces the perception that false accusations are common. And that only makes it more difficult to hold the real assailants accountable.”
How Activists Improved The Handling Of Campus Sexual Assault This Year-6/2/15 “As more schools have come under investigation for alleged failures to address sexual violence, there have been some tangible changes -- in the legal, administrative and social realms -- to improve circumstances, thanks in large part to persistent student activism.”
In Campus Sex Assault, Rights of Victims, Accused at Odds-6/2/15 “The accused have rights. But these days it's not business as usual. The result may mean, in the short term, some awkward debates and an uncomfortable re-weighing of priorities — but in the end, it's a good thing. There's a culture shift in terms of how universities are handling rape, and the survivors are owed that.”
Colleges are not equipped to investigate campus sex assaults-6/2/15 “Campuses need clear, standardized protections for the rights of the accuser and the accused, and explicit rules for fact-finding. For now, schools are dabbling in a type of proceeding that they’re just not equipped to conduct — and making up the rules as they go along.”
Breaking the Booze Taboo in the Campus Sex Assault Epidemic-5/20/15 “The study also appears to reveal what few want to say: Alcohol is an unspoken but key factor when it comes to campus sexual assault.”
Campus Sexual Assault: More Awareness Hasn't Solved Root Issues-5/20/15 “With uneven implementation and varying program quality, advocates say higher education institutions still have a long way to go to truly address the underlying problems with campus sexual assault.”
Breaking the Booze Taboo in the Campus Sex Assault Epidemic-5/20/15 “When taking into account that certain women reported multiple instances of rape, the overwhelming majority of cases were in situations where alcohol or drugs had rendered the women unable to object or give consent: 83 percent of the rapes reported in study’s data sample fell into the incapacitated category.”
A Number Of Colleges Are Under Scrutiny For Sexual Harassment, But You Wouldn't Know It-5/19/15 “When the government doesn't name colleges and universities solely under investigation for sexual harassment cases, these schools are able to essentially hide the scrutiny from the public.”
Sexual Assault On Campus: College Policies Support Rape Cultures-5/18/15 “Because the harsh truth is, despite legions of women like me from my generation and beyond, and decades of Take Back the Night rallies, most colleges remain stuck in a reactionary position that prioritizes the shielding of their endowments from lawsuits and the maintenance of their enrollment figures, above all.”
Fraternities and sororities team up for sex assault prevention-5/14/15 “A group of 10 fraternities and sororities will team up to provide a new nationwide sex assault educational program aimed at preventing sexual violence and abusive relationships among college students.”
Prosecutor has message for victims of sexual assault at Notre Dame-5/11/15 “Rather than go to university police, they should directly report sex crimes to a county special victims unit.”
On Kentucky college campuses, sexual assaults go under-reported in official tallies-5/9/15 “University of Kentucky police reported 12 sexual assaults on campus in the 2013-14 school year. The University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University each reported one.  That same year, 67 people came to the UK Violence Intervention and Prevention counseling center to say they'd been victims of sexual assault. At U of L's Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community center, there were 43. The WKU counseling center saw 21 victims.”
Glimmers of progress in fight against college sex assault-5/6/15 “When reports of sexual assaults go up on campus, instead of worrying about their reputation, “the smart schools take that as an opportunity to say, ‘This is happening at every campus, so make sure you go to a campus that is handling it head on.’ ””
Men Accused of Sexual Assault Face Long Odds When Suing Colleges for Gender Bias-4/28/15 “That is particularly the case if — as happened in the two recent suits — the students allege that in finding them responsible for sexual misconduct, their institutions discriminated against them because they are men.”
Sexual assault isn’t just a college problem — it’s a problem for all young women-4/24/15 “Taken together, the findings suggest that colleges aren't breeding sexual predators; rape and sexual assault are scarily common for all young women, and the problem isn't unique to higher education.”
Campus Sexual Assault: Joe Biden Talks College Rape Culture, Consent As 'It's On Us' Expands-4/23/15 It's On Us asks participants to take an online pledge to intervene in dangerous situations, recognize the definition of consent and create healthy environments.”
Campus sexual assault bill: Louisiana colleges and police need to work together, share info-4/22/15 In the national fight to curb sexual assault on and around college campuses, one Louisiana lawmaker is pushing for state universities and law enforcement agencies to improve lines of communication with each other and share more information.”
College towns fail just as much as colleges at handling sexual assault-4/21/15 “Both the campus and the courts fell short in the Missoula cases — making it clear that there are no simple solutions.”
University officials discuss sexual misconduct, alcohol use-4/21/15 “According to a report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007, 89 percent of sexual assault survivors reported drinking alcohol and 82 percent said they were drunk at the time of the incident.”
U. of Montana, Back in the Sexual-Assault Spotlight, Ponders What’s Changed-4/21/15 “Improved oversight, though, has not repaired the university’s reputation or convinced everyone that sexual assault was a serious problem.”
College towns fail just as much as colleges at handling sexual assault-4/21/15 “That doesn't mean colleges should be the only entity involved. Making sexual assault a civil rights violation doesn't mean it's not a crime. It still is, and should be prosecuted like one. But that requires a court system that takes it seriously — and the Missoula reports make clear that for all the flaws in the university's response, it at least attempted to do that.”
Anxiety in Missoula Over Book About Campus Assaults-4/20/15 “The new book offers a searing view into campus sexual assaults, some by football players from the University of Montana’s beloved Grizzlies, and how victims were treated by the local justice system.”
An investigation of campus rape reveals no easy solutions-4/20/15 “The second is that the consumption of titanic amounts of alcohol by young women in the company of powerfully built men whom they did not know well — and whom they sometimes invited to their beds for snuggling or making out — greatly increased their vulnerability to assault.”
After UVA fiasco, some colleges consider providing lawyers to students accused of sex assault-4/16/15 “Concerns about due process on campus have soared as universities come under pressure from the Obama administration to prove they’re clamping down on sexual assault.”
An Arc of Outrage-4/13/15 “Despite the clamor, the real conversation about campus sexual assault has hardly begun”
Should Colleges Be Judging Rape?-4/12/15 “Victims and their advocates fault officials for missteps and callous disregard, while accused students who were suspended or expelled are increasingly suing their institutions, charging that they were denied due process.”
Sexual Assault on Campus:9 Views on What Will Signal Progress-4/12/15 Follow this link for nine additional links to commentaries
More join fight to end sexual assaults on college campuses-4/8/15 “The lack of action is exacerbated, they said, by the constant churn of students every four years. Most investigations never go anywhere, they said, or accused students are found not responsible during hearings. Activists graduate.”
106 Colleges Are Under Federal Investigation For Sexual Assault Cases-4/6/15 “The number of investigations under the gender equity law Title IX has now reached a record high, doubling from less than a year ago when the department first began disclosing the number of ongoing inquiries.”
Ask college presidents and recent grads if sexual assault is a big problem on campus, and you get very different answers-4/1/15 Compares the results of separate surveys of college administrators and students
Working to Stop Sexual Violence on U.S. College Campuses-4/1/15 From the US Department of Education
NRA News Host Lectures College Students: "Burden" Of Stopping Sexual Assaults "Is On The Victim"-3/31/15 “In particular, Edwards took issue with the Tar Heel's argument that telling women that they should carry guns to prevent sexual assault places the "burden" of preventing such attacks on those women.”
Sex assaults and drinking on campus-3/30/15 “As The Chronicle of Higher Education found, many colleges are reluctant to get involved, preferring to treat the students as young adults. However, on many campuses, the students themselves are doing the education, making the connection between drinking and sexual assault more obvious.”
Not On My Campus prompts dialogue about sexual assault-3/30/15 ” Over the course of the last week, Not On My Campus, a student-led sexual assault prevention movement, garnered national attention and earned 1,400 signatures on a petition to stop sexual violence on UT’s campus.”
Millennials think sexual assault is common on campus, national survey finds-3/27/15 “Six of 10 respondents say colleges and universities are not doing enough to address sexual assault, and 53 percent say high schools are not doing enough.”
Sex assaults, drinking push colleges to rethink campus culture-3/22/15 “— On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down.”
Sex assault, drinking push colleges to moment of reckoning-3/22/15 “On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down.”
Conversation about campus sex assaults evolves over the year-3/22/15 Month by month summary of areas being addressed
More Men Fight College Allegations of Sexual Assault-3/19/15 “But a growing number of men say colleges are too quick to believe an alleged victim’s testimony and are investing too much authority in administrators who, they say, too often act as investigators, prosecutors and jurors.”
One Poll Result Reveals What Colleges Do Wrong on Sexual Assault-3/16/15 “College presidents overwhelmingly disagree that sexual assault is prevalent on their campuses, even though a third think it's a problem in general.”
Feminists are missing the mark in the sexual assault conversation on campus-3/10/15 “Even with all of that in consideration, feminists are missing the mark by focusing so much on the “college rape crisis.” In other words, white, middle-class feminists are dominating the conversation and because of that, the focus is on college rape. As point of fact, women who don’t go to college are more likely to be raped than women who do.”
Campus rape: Sorting out what happens when a person becomes a crime scene-3/6/15 “"Assistance from an attorney helps accused students better navigate these increasingly unfair and dangerously imbalanced campus proceedings -- 'kangaroo courts' that have prompted sharp, continuing criticism," the foundation said.”
Why Even Small, Progressive Grinnell College Has Trouble Dealing With Sexual Assault On Campus-3/3/15 “A progressive student body that views the "only yes means yes" consent standard as a settled discussion -- and is proud of its school for having it -- is caught in the middle.”
US college campuses weigh allowing guns to defend against sexual assault-3/2/15 “Opponents to campus carry laws said that the reasoning behind such laws reflects a general misunderstanding surrounding the circumstances of sexual assault.”
Council discusses campus-wide alcohol survey that indicated high rate of binge drinking at Brown-2/19/15 “McMillan identified four independent factors for riskiest drinking patterns: identifying as male, living off campus, affiliating with a Greek organization and playing on a varsity athletics team — but “statistics are not destiny,” she added.”
Dartmouth’s hard alcohol ban pushes blame away from students-2/18/15 Student view----“A better focus for the university to take would be to gear programs towards the victims and provide a medium for sexual assault victims to reach out for guidance and support.”
The new panic: campus sex assaults-2/20/15 If the past is prologue, it is almost certain that the current campus sexual assault madness will burn itself out, leaving in its wake the wreckage of many young lives. My concern is how long it will be before sanity and decency return.”
A Q&A With the Nevada Lawmaker Who Says Guns Will Help Prevent Campus Rape-2/20/15 If you’re a concealed-weapon permit holder, and you’ve got a background check, and you’ve gone through training, and you know the rules and the law, you’re not going to put yourself into a drunken situation where you are under the influence and have a firearm.”
Concealed Handguns Mainly Miss the Mark as an Answer to Campus Rape-2/20/15 The idea that such crimes will be reduced on campuses by letting women carry concealed weapons "ignores what we know about when and where sexual assault happens among college students," said Christopher P. Krebs.”
Fix It With Guns! The campus sexual assault edition.-2/19/15 Never mind that adding guns to a situation in which everyone agrees drinking is a huge problem does not exactly scream “More Safety For All Involved.” “
Concerned About Sexual Assaults on Campus? Let Women Defend Themselves.-2/19/15 But just as students should not be asked to give up their right to free speech, neither should they necessarily be required to give up those protected by the Second Amendment.”
A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape-2/18/15 As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults.”
In Rape Cases, Students’ Texts and Emails Face the Court of Public Opinion-2/17/15 As the two cases illustrate, private statements can be used to support vastly different interpretations of an incident—or a relationship. Further complicating matters is that dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic episode can cause a victim’s behavior to seem erratic.”
College sexual assault prevention has unlikely model: U.S. service academies-2/11/15 SHAPE delves into the characteristics of sexual assailants, social conformity, questions about consent and alcohol, the impact on survivors and other topics. What distinguishes the program is that students lead the lessons.”
Penn must look beyond fraternities in order to address the issue of alcohol and sexual assault-2/9/15 Student view----We need to end the existing problems at fraternities, but it is time we widen our view and figure out a way to end the sexual violence crisis that persists beyond the walls of chapter houses.”
Recent cases link alcohol to college sexual violence-2/7/15 Study cited that “found that men who drank at least twice a week and had friends who supported a culture of emotional and physical violence against women were nearly 10 times as likely to admit to being sexually aggressive.”
Officials, victim advocates say increases may reflect better awareness of sexual violence-2/7/15 California State University San Marcos saw its sexual assault reports jump tenfold while the number of cases reported by the University of San Diego nearly doubled.”
Campus Sexual Assault-1/31/15 But the concern with campus sexual assault has begun to take on the characteristics of a panic in which government officials and school administrators have increasingly lost sight of other fundamental values that must shape the culture of institutions of higher learning.”
Is College Sexual Assault a Fraternity Problem?-1/29/15 However, some say that thinking of campus sexual assault as a fraternity-only problem is misguided — and that fraternity members can be an important part of prevention.”
Male Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out-1/27/15 ‘We're Up Against A System That's Not Designed To Help Us'”
A new social contract: demands for Greeks-1/27/15 If UC Berkeley’s Greek community is genuine in its call for change, then each and every fraternity and sorority must teach its members consent. Misunderstanding or assuming consent is often a key factor in sexual assault.”
Being honest about the role alcohol plays in sexual violence-1/26/15 Student view—“Here are the facts with which we all should arm ourselves before we head out for the night: The risk of sexual violence increases when alcohol enters the equation. In fact, studies show that more than half of college students who experience sexual assault say alcohol was involved.”
Should colleges be required to report accusations of rape immediately, no matter what victims say?-1/2/15 A that would require public colleges to report allegations of sexual assault on campus to police within 24 hours of being notified.”
Vanderbilt Gang-Rape Defense Points to Campus Culture-1/23/15 But even prosecutors presented testimony and evidence showing that before, during and after the attack on June 23, 2013, there were many people who failed to intervene. And the defense keyed on that, suggesting that the indifference of other students shows how common drunken sex was at Vanderbilt.”
28 Universities to Participate in AAU’s Sexual-Assault Survey-1/22/15 “Only 27 of the Association of American Universities’ member institutions will participate in the organization’s much-publicized survey on campus sexual assault.”
Two New Documentaries Will Highlight Student Activism Against Campus Sexual Assault-1/21/15 In addition to speaking with the activists and survivors, the films also include interviews with college administrators, mental health experts and legal scholars.”
Brown announces sanctions against two fraternities-1/19/15 The two incidents described in this letter involve unregistered parties hosted by fraternities. In both cases, no individual member of either fraternity was charged with sexual misconduct. These student organizations were found responsible for creating an environment that facilitated sexual misconduct through improperly monitored spaces and inadequate safeguards surrounding the service of alcohol.”
Sorority Anti-Rape Idea: Drinking on Own Turf-1/19/15 Some advocates and experts in sexual violence doubt that allowing alcohol at sororities would significantly reduce campus incidents, and could backfire by expanding the rampant underage drinking that leads to many sexual assaults.”
Want to Reduce Rape and Sexual Assault on College Campuses? Tax Beer and Legalize Pot-1/16/15 So how to get college kids to cut back on the booze? Hew to the fundamental law of economics and raise its price. Study after study has shown that “higher prices or taxes were associated with a lower prevalence of youth drinking.” That includes a reduction in “heavy drinking” and “binge drinking.””
Colleges Wrestle WithHow to Define Rape-1/16/15 As campuses grapple with preventing and responding to sexual assault, how students and colleges define rape is pivotal. And the definition may be evolving.”
Vanderbilt Student Accused Of Rape Was Influenced By 'Campus Culture Of Sexual Freedom,' His Lawyer Says-1/14/15 Batey's attorney said the football player from Nashville was influenced by a campus culture of sexual freedom, promiscuity and excessive alcohol consumption that contrasted with the manner of his upbringing.”
Title IX often used to force colleges to investigate sexual assaults-1/10/15 Colleges, the Education Department said, must respond to sexual-violence allegations in a “prompt, fair and impartial” way. They also must take steps to prevent harassment and violence.”
Va. task force meets on combating campus sexual violence-1/8/15 "95 percent of violent crimes that occur on campuses involve alcohol abuse by one student or the other or both.””
Here's The Logic Behind Letting Colleges Act As Judges And Juries In Rape Cases-1/7/15 "The key issue is, when crime happens on campus, it is both a criminal justice problem and a civil rights problem. It's 'this and' not 'either or,'"”
How Faculty Can Use Syllabi to Reduce the Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic-1/7/15 “A statement in a syllabus might also send a message of accountability to potential perpetrators. In a now-classic study, the authors found that the perceived threat of formal sanctions (being dismissed from the university or arrested) had a significant deterrent effect on potential perpetrators of sexual assault.”
UVa has new frat, sorority rules after alleged-rape story-1/7/15 Other rules call for at least three sober fraternity brothers to monitor alcohol distribution and the stairways to residential rooms at each party. At large parties, a hired security guard must monitor entrances, keeping out anyone not on a printed guest list.”
Here's The Logic Behind Letting Colleges Act As Judges And Juries In Rape Cases-1/7/15 "The key issue is, when crime happens on campus, it is both a criminal justice problem and a civil rights problem. It's 'this and' not 'either or,'"”
How Faculty Can Use Syllabi to Reduce the Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic-1/7/15 “A statement in a syllabus might also send a message of accountability to potential perpetrators. In a now-classic study, the authors found that the perceived threat of formal sanctions (being dismissed from the university or arrested) had a significant deterrent effect on potential perpetrators of sexual assault.”
UVa has new frat, sorority rules after alleged-rape story-1/7/15 Other rules call for at least three sober fraternity brothers to monitor alcohol distribution and the stairways to residential rooms at each party. At large parties, a hired security guard must monitor entrances, keeping out anyone not on a printed guest list.”
If Colleges Want To Regain Trust On Sexual Assault, 'It Starts With Transparency'-1/5/15 "We're not asking universities to be detectives and judge and jury to deprive someone of their liberty and send them to jail. What they must do is ensure an equal and equitable learning environment for men and women."”
2014 Was the Year Colleges Finally Had to Answer for Rape on Campus-12/30/14 It has been three years since the government issued new guidelines for how colleges must handle sexual violence, but this was the year we learned just how badly our institutions needed them.”
4 Times Sexual Assault On College Campuses Was Finally Challenged In 2014-12/30/14 Effect of Rolling Stone article—“it would be an understatement to say that on-campus sexual assault is ending 2014 on a rather depressing note. But should one misreported story overshadow the year’s highlights?”
CALIFORNIA: Colleges tackle sexual assault-12/28/14 “But new mandates from the leaders of both the California State University and the University of California systems are bringing renewed resources to combating sexual assault.”
Why Are College Faculty Quiet About Campus Sexual Assault?-12/24/14 In reference to the discredited Rolling Stone article--- “But here's the important takeaway: those of us who work on college campuses all read the original story and accompanying (and unsatisfying) response from the UVA administration's and thought, "Yup. Sounds about right." “
How the US Deals with its Sexual Assault Problem-12/21/14 As the issue of sexual assault continues to be discussed, the hope is that one day soon, women of all ages can walk the streets and campuses of America without fear.”
When Helping Rape Victims Hurts a College’s Reputation-12/17/14 But it’s significant that none of these developments took place until the university had been publicly shamed by the White House and the media. If history is any indicator, this topic may simmer for a while and then recede from the national spotlight. When it does, there will be less pressure for colleges and universities to maintain their reforms.”
Colleges often reluctant to expel for sexual violence — with U-Va. a prime example-12/15/14 The statistics provide supporting information for those who argue that colleges are lax on sexual assault, but they also underscore the vast difference between student discipline and criminal justice.”
Sexual assault on campuses: what to do?-12/15/14 “Despite claims that alcohol use by women leads to sexual assault, alcohol use is far more likely to be used as a method of coping after assault. No climate survey can be useful if it excludes an assessment of alcohol use.”
What’s a few drinks? A recipe for campus rape-12/14/14 At this stage, with so little being done, any effort to restrict illegal student access to alcohol would be worth it.”
Carroll: Overhyping sexual assault on college campuses-12/12/14 Still, the hunt for reliable statistics is important — most particularly for parents and students. Would you want your daughter going to a school where her chances of being raped were 25 percent?”
Why haven’t efforts worked to stop dangerous drinking at college?-12/12/14 If you’re going to take on the fraternity system, if you’re going to take on the tailgating structure, the booster structure, you really have to ….. be able to tackle these. very complicated and sometimes political issues.”
Study Challenges Notion That Risk of Sexual Assault Is Greater at College-12/12/14 “A report on the study, "Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013," says that while college students experience lower rates of rape and other sexual assault than do nonstudents, women ages 18 to 24 still suffer a greater incidence than do females in any other age bracket.”
College Sex-Assault Trials Belong in Court, Not on Campus-12/11/14 Experience so far painfully demonstrates that colleges are not competent to adjudicate and prevent sexual violence.”
Sexual assault: Who are likely victims?-12/11/14 The new findings suggest that female college students, including part-time students, are at slightly less risk than non-students. From 1995 through 2013, students 18-24 were victims of sexual assault at a rate of 6.1 per 1,000, or about 0.61%, compared with 7.6 per 1,000, or 0.76%, for non-students.”
Colleges struggle to investigate sexual assaults. But why are they involved at all?-12/9/14 But even when women are hesitant to accuse an acquaintance of rape, they might want something done. That's one reason why sexual assaults are more commonly reported to colleges, where the repercussions are less severe, than to the police.”
Sexual assault hard for university officials to police, Oregon campus leaders say-12/8/14 Most cases of campus sexual assault are difficult for university officials to decide properly because so many arise from nuanced situations clouded by alcohol use.”
9 stories that show how badly colleges handle sexual assault on campus-12/7/14 The stories below give an idea of what victims have encountered at some of those schools when they have wanted their sexual assaults investigated or punished.”
No, We Can’t Just Leave College Sexual Assault to the Police-12/3/14 “If we are truly to take sexual violence seriously, we must, as Title IX does, acknowledge that rape and harassment serve to maintain a regime of inequality in which, decades into widespread coeducation, women still cannot learn and thrive as equals to their male classmates.”
Time to Call the Cops: Title IX Has Failed Campus Sexual Assault-12/1/14 Neither accusers nor the accused will get justice if Title IX continues to be interpreted to force colleges to investigate and adjudicate these crimes themselves. That system has failed.”
The History of Campus Sexual Assault-11/30/14 The three "primary drivers" that enable a small minority of men to offend without consequences, are a culture of high alcohol consumption, peer pressure from other men to prove sexual prowess and men's own attitudes favoring impersonal sex.”
Campus sexual assault crisis: Is it time to ban fraternities?-11/25/14 But the sexual assault stories are becoming too frequent, with too consistent a tie to the Greek community.”
Ramapo College: Drinking a factor in post-frat party sexual assault case that led to charges for 5 students, including 2 Staten Islanders-11/25/14 President Peter Mercer also offered inebriation as a possible reason why some of the accused students and other witnesses didn't try to stop or report the alleged attack on an adult female student in a dorm room.”
Professors as judges-The folly of letting amateurs handle serious crimes-12/6/14 Students on both sides of the fence have complained that these amateur tribunals are inept. A lawsuit this year alleged that Columbia University unfairly allowed perpetrators to remain on campus. Meanwhile male students at Vassar, Duke, and the University of Michigan have sued their schools, claiming that campus committees found them guilty of sexual misconduct when they were innocent.”
UVa’s Tumultuous 2 Weeks: How the ‘Rolling Stone’ Story Developed, and Showed Cracks-12/5/14 Rolling Stone magazine on Friday apologized for its longform account of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity party after it said it had found “discrepancies” in the alleged victim’s story. And Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity in question, released a statement Friday afternoon disputing some of the account’s key details.L
In Charlottesville, UVa Students Absorb New Doubts About Account of Rape-12/5/14 When Rolling Stone apologized for "discrepancies" in a gruesome and galvanizing story of a gang rape at the University….”
Banning Drinking Won't Stop Campus Rape-12/5/14 Researchers note a link between alcohol and sexual assault. Yet there are also data to show that simply cutting off access to alcohol may backfire by encouraging students to drink more.”
Why It’s Dangerous to Discuss Campus Rape Only at Its Most Extreme-12/4/14 (CHE) Most campus assaults, by contrast, involve two people who know each other—a young woman and a young man who have both been drinking at a campus gathering and decide to leave together. The assault that comes next almost never involves force and typically revolves around the issue of whether the young woman consented to the sexual activity.”
Protecting the Party-With focus on sexual assault, students look out for one another while drinking just as much-12/3/14 (CHE) Hanging out, drinking, and hooking up are for many students just a part of life in college. They're also a common backdrop for sexual assault.”
One in five girls will be raped in college. Here’s how parents and students can help change that.-12/3/14 Instead, parents need to look for three keys that make for a healthy campus culture: systems that treat victims fairly, systems that treat the accused fairly, and systems that engage the entire community in positive culture change.”
SUNY board adopts uniform policy to combat campus sexual assaults-12/2/14 Campuses will adopt a uniform system-wide confidentiality and reporting protocol, conduct climate assessments to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on campuses and student attitudes and create a public campaign to increase awareness of the issue.”
Campus Culture and Sexual Assaults-12/2/14 Sullivan noted that alcohol doesn't cause sexual assault, but also recognizes that alcohol abuse is still part of the wider discussion on preventing sexual violence since many assaults involve alcohol.”
U-Va.’s entrenched fraternity culture at tipping point-11/29/14 The pause in partying, U-Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan said in a message to the campus, will give students, faculty, alumni and other concerned parties time “to discuss our next steps in preventing sexual assault and sexual violence on Grounds.””
Time for a Sexual-Climate Change-11/26/14 Confidentiality. The head of the misconduct board, an associate dean of students, Nicole Eramo, was not obligated to maintain the confidentiality of students who came forward with rape and assault allegations.”
UVA (and Others) Admit the Obvious: Blame It On the Alcohol-11/26/14 Instead of giving more power to the very sort of people accused of gang rape at UVA—frat brothers with a monopoly on booze for the underage crowd—administrators should petition Congress to abolish the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which forces states to maintain a drinking age of 21.”
U.Va. Looks at Alcohol as Factor in Sex Assaults-11/25/14 A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking.”
How sexual abusers hide in plain sight: What Rolling Stone’s blockbuster UVA rape exposé really tells us-11/25/14 The depressing lesson of This Week in Rape is that too many people — and far too many institutions — only choose to pay attention to the crime and take it seriously when they stand to lose something valuable to them, whether that’s money, reputation, credibility, happy childhood memories of Cliff Huxtable and his wacky sweaters.”
Eckerd president blames college sexual assaults on excess drinking, casual sex-11/24/14 Eckerd students said Monday that Eastman's email casts blame on victims for sexual assault, calling his message disturbing and out of touch.”
Colleges Straddle Line Between Assault Prevention And Victim-Blaming-11/21/14 Campuses have an obligation, Lovicott says, to advise students how to stay safe. "And that's not victim-blaming, because there are predators out there who are looking for individuals that may seem more of a target than others," he says. "But how do you say that in a way that you're not offending a victim who went through this horrible crime?"”
U-Va. campus addresses sexual-assault allegations in Rolling Stone article-11/21/14 “This happened, and these sorts of things have occurred and will continue to occur unless we stand up and say it’s not going to happen anymore.”
New Factor in Campus Sexual Assault Cases: Counsel for the Accused-11/19/14 A group of 30 or so lawyers from across the country participate in a running email discussion about how to approach these issues; 20 or so gathered in Washington last month to share their experiences.”
Some Feminists Think Stopping Jokes Would Help Stop Rape, But 'Alcohol is Not the Problem'[*]-11/19/14 “Alcohol is not the problem,” ……. said, chuckling at the notion. “What we need to discuss is the way rapists use alcohol as a weapon to attack and then discredit their victims.” Rapists benefit from others’ insistence that a victim’s inebriation is to blame for his or her assault, she added.”
A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA-11/19/14 Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began.”
Harvard’s view on consent at issue in sexual assault policy-11/17/14 Critics say the “preponderance” standard is biased against those accused of sexual assault, but virtually all colleges that have changed their policies have adopted it, including Harvard.”
Yale Law Students: Professor's Campus Rape Op-Ed Gets It Wrong-11/17/14 Yale Law Students’ View--“Alcohol plays a serial role not because students are drunk when they have mutually consensual sex, but because repeat offenders intentionally target classmates who are vulnerable or incapacitated by reason of intoxication.”
Mishandling Rape-11/15/14 If colleges are serious about reducing rapes, they need to break the links among alcohol, all-male clubs and campus party life. Ideally, we should lower the drinking age so that staff or security personnel could be present at parties.”
Campuses fighting sexual assaults face murky question of consent-11/14/14 Rape allegations are difficult to investigate when there is misunderstanding about when “yes” means “yes,” representatives of several universities told members of the state Higher Education Commission on Wednesday.”
Enough alcohol to call it rape?-11/7/14 According to the final report, the respondent said during the hearing that the complainant “seemed no more inebriated than instances when she had given consent in the past.””
Campus sexual assault charges carry dangers for boys as well-11/11/14 “The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved.”---See Yale article
College president: Women lie about rape when sex doesn’t “turn out the way they wanted”-11/10/14 [We] had on this campus last semester three cases of young women, who after having done whatever they did with the young men, and then it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did?”
Column: Unhealthy masculinity and binge drinking don't mix well-11/7/14 Student view—“Unsurprisingly, fraternity parties and bars become active sites of gender performance. These locations are places where one can act out his masculinity — where one’s body becomes a “tank” that can take the bludgeons of several shots of tequila, pound back as many beers as possible and still flaunt whatever inkling of sobriety one has remaining.”
Will saying yes to affirmative consent curb college sexual assault?-11/6/14 “There are a lot of situation where, if a person feels threatened or overpowered, they may freeze up and not protest, even though they don’t want anything to happen to them, or that they might be incapacitated from drugs or alcohol and can’t protest.”
Princeton’s Sex-Assault Policies Violate Federal Law, Education Dept. Says-11/5/14 “The U.S. Education Department has found that Princeton University violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by not “promptly and equitably” responding to complaints of sexual assault.”
Va. Wesleyan hiding sexual assaults behind legal loophole-11/3/14 “"A lot of times, they didn't call security when certain things happened. I think, a lot of times, they were more concerned about things getting out, so they tried to keep things under wraps for the most part," the former security officer said.”
Student activists at area colleges heartened by boost in attention-11/3/14 “In ways large and small, the surge of national attention on college sexual assaults has trickled down to the campus quad, sparking dialogue among students and creating an environment in which more victims feel comfortable reporting the crime.”
To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire-10/29/14 “A growing number of campuses already have made the choice to do just that: Rather than try to train their provosts and professors to act like prosecutors, they're outsourcing the job to real ones instead.”
Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape-10/29/14 “The demonstrations, united under the slogan “Carry That Weight,” were sparked by a Columbia University senior’s protest,.”
Service Academies, Too, Should Have to Publicly Report Sexual Assaults-10/29/14 “The service academies are required only to submit an annual report to Congress on sexual assaults. The problem with this requirement is that only formal complaints are to be included in the report.”
Protest calls on the University to improve approach to sexual assault-10/29/14 “Furthermore, the list demands that athletes be held to the same sexual conduct standards as non-athletes. This demand appears to be related to the University’s handling of sexual assault allegations on campus following student and legal scrutiny surrounding the “permanent separation” of Brendan Gibbons, the Michigan football team’s former starting kicker.”
What we know about the data on college sexual assaults-10/28/14 “A spike in the numbers, then, might be a reason to be cautiously optimistic—at least about the awareness of sexual assault.”
'Yes Means Yes' Isn't the Answer-10/27/14 “The word "yes" or its equivalent is meaningless when it comes from someone who has consumed so much alcohol that she or he is slurring speech, having trouble walking, or vomiting.”
Rare Survey Examines Sexual Assault at M.I.T.-10/27/14 “Of those who had experienced unwanted sexual contact, most said they had told a friend, but only 5 percent said they had reported it to any campus official. When asked why, more than half said that they did not think it was serious enough to report and that no harm was intended, and nearly half said they thought they were partly at fault.”
Brown student says she was sexually assaulted after drinking alcoholic punch at frat party-10/27/14 “The students who drank the punch reported “a rapid onset of intoxication,” beyond what would be expected for the amount they had to drink, and “memory loss for a significant period of time.””
State, federal leaders addressing sexual assault on Indiana campuses-10/25/14 “Among other things, “We’re trying to align state and federal policy and talk with our college and university leaders, including Title IX directors, to see what they need from us to help make their efforts successful,””
Reports Of Sex Assault On College Campuses Climb As More Victims Come Forward-10/25/14 “Of 11 Connecticut colleges and universities, eight reported increases in sexual assaults, with particularly sizable jumps at the University of Connecticut, Trinity College and Wesleyan University. Three colleges reported declines.”
Agencies Speak Out on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence-10/24/14 “"I think we all have this fear of the stranger danger situation,” Rebecca Weybright, the executive director of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency. "The vast majority of the time that somebody is assaulted, it's somebody they know - and it may be somebody they know well."”
In Rules on Campus Sexual Violence, Education Dept. Emphasizes Training-10/20/14—continues ignore the roll of alcohol use by preditor & victims “Colleges are required to provide training to faculty and staff members as well as students. The training must clearly define terms such as "consent" and outline campus policies on sexual misconduct.”
More college campuses swap ‘No means no’ for ‘Yes means yes’-10/17/14 “Victims’ rights advocates continue to praise the idea of affirmative consent and the momentum the concept has recently gained.”
Law Professors Urge Harvard to Rethink Sexual-Harassment Policy-10/15/14---also see-- Rethink Harvard’s sexual harassment policy-10/15/14 “They say the procedures Harvard is putting in place “lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process, are overwhelmingly stacked against the accused, and are in no way required by Title IX law or regulation.””
Colleges Walk a Fine Line When Athletes Are Accused of Sexual Assault-10/9/14 “Mindful that their handling of such incidents could make or break their reputations, at least in the short term, universities are moving more swiftly to avoid the appearance of a coverup and to show that they take the matter seriously.”
Changing the Culture of Sexual Assault on College Campuses-10/9/14 “Intervention could simply come in the form of not allowing a drunken friend to leave a club with a stranger.”
Athlete Accused of Rape Is Suspended From U. of Kentucky Football Team-10/8/14 “A University of Kentucky football player was charged on Tuesday with first-degree rape and has been indefinitely suspended from the team.”
For Safety's Sake, Get Rid of Campus Cops-10/8/14 “Our last recommendation is for students and faculty and staff members across the United States: If you are raped, assaulted, or otherwise victimized, call your local police department. It is least influenced by college politics.”
R.I. colleges report 18-percent increase in sexual assaults from 2012-2013-10/7/14 “Rhode Island colleges and universities reported 18 percent more sexual assaults last year than in 2012, which experts said is due to heightened awareness nationwide and more reporting by victims.”
Sexual assault reports climb at area colleges-10/6/14 Boston area colleges---“ Last year, there were a total of 289 reports of the offenses at the colleges. That compares with 206 in 2012. The 2013 total was more than twice as many as reported five years before.”
1 in 10 Female Students at U. of Oregon Has Been Raped, Study Finds-10/3/14 “Of the 982 respondents to a survey, 35 percent of the female students said they had had at least one sexual encounter without giving consent. Among men, that number was 14 percent.”
Johns Hopkins U. Says It Failed to Notify Students of Sexual Assault-10/2/14 “A group of anonymous students filed a complaint arguing Hopkins violated the Clery Act and Title IX, both of which require disclosure of sexual assaults to the public.”
Cuomo Orders SUNY to Overhaul Its Sexual Assault Rules-10/2/14 “SUNY’s approach resembles that recently set by California, by defining consent as an affirmative act, in which both partners must express their desire to engage in each sexual act. Previous consent is not sufficient, and people who are physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or asleep are considered unable to consent at all.”
At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice-10/1/14 After rape accusation—“Although Florida State was legally obligated to conduct a “prompt, thorough and impartial” disciplinary inquiry, the university chose not to, as the team marched to the national championship.”
Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus-10/2014 One guidance of many---“Know your alcohol limits: Over half of sexual assaults committed against college students involve alcohol, according to researchers at Wayne State University. Intoxication can make you significantly more vulnerable to assaults by impairing your judgment or inhibiting your physical ability to fight off an attacker. Binge drinkers are at a particularly high-risk of suffering incapacitation, blackout or unconsciousness.”
HBCUs Move To Address Campus Sexual Assaults, But Is It Enough?-9/29/14 “When it comes to studying sexual violence, college surveys often don't include students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. But one major study found sexual assaults are lower on those campuses than others.”
Fewer Than One-Third Of Campus Sexual Assault Cases Result In Expulsion-9/29/14 “Between 29 and 68 percent of students guilty of sexual assault in this data set are suspended.”
Calif. Assault Law Requires College Students To Give Consent Before Sex-9/29/14 “The legislation says silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent. Under the bill, someone who is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep cannot grant consent.”
What the research says about preventing sexual assault-9/26/14 But the researchers were clear about what doesn't work: interventions that only happen once, such as hourlong workshops. Those interventions are cheaper, they can sometimes be delivered online or by video, and they allow colleges to reach a lot of students at once.”
Fraternities Are Their Own Worst Enemies, Not Drunk Girls-9/24/14 ““There’s a clear correlation between fraternity culture and sexual assault on college campuses.””
Link between assault, binge drinking. Link between assault, binge drinking-9/22/14 “Maureen Miller, director of GatorWell Health Promotion Services, said there is a chance high-risk drinking and sexual assault are related.”
Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault-9/21/14 “Slowly, public discussion of rape among college women began to be normalized, and they started to share.”
Berkeley to Block Course Registration of Students Who Skip Sex-Assault Training-9/19/14 ”The training session was required as part of freshman orientation at Berkeley, but that he learned on Tuesday that 500 students had skipped it.””
Obama launches new effort combating sexual assault on college campuses-9/19/14 “A key component of "It's On Us" will be to engage college-age men in the prevention process, White House officials told reporters.”
Obama Unveils Push for Young People to Do More Against Campus Assaults-9/19/14 “The campaign’s name, “It’s on Us,” is intended to send the message that everyone should feel a responsibility to confront the problem of sexual assault.”
Alcohol and Sexual Assault on Campus-9/17/14 “Stop glamorizing the first to be rid of the second.”
Task Force Gives U. of California 7 Ways to Improve Sex-Assault Policies-9/17/14 “The recommendations were part of a report presented on Wednesday at a meeting of the system’s Board of Regents.”—In report-“Consideration should also be given to training on other topics related to sexual violence and sexual assault, including alcohol-abuse prevention.”
Local colleges ramp up efforts to prevent sex assault-9/15/14 Upstate NY—“ While seeking help in choosing a college, students seldom ask about campus crime statistics; their high school guidance counselors spend more time on finding an educational, financial, social and statistical fit than on the chances of being attacked.”
U.S. Investigates Alleged Sexual Hazing on W.Va. College’s Baseball Team-9/15/14 Davis & Elkins College—“Complaints of hazing and sexual harassment involving the college’s baseball team.”
In Sexual-Misconduct Cases, Hear the Facts-9/15/14 “A determined effort to punish sexual misconduct is necessary but must be balanced by an equally passionate commitment to disciplined, impartial fact-finding.”----Followed by recommendations.
Why college sex crimes are underreported-9/14/14 “There were eight forcible sex acts reported that year to the police and then to the federal government, placing Monmouth fourth on the list of New Jersey post-secondary institutions for 2010.”
Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus-9/13/14 “Of the 1,800 men surveyed, about 6 percent, or 120 men, said they had raped an acquaintance. Of those 120, about 80 had done it several times, on average about six times.  Those men admitted that they used alcohol as a weapon.”
KU student protest video sparks action on sexual assault policy-9/12/14 “Student outrage over the way the University of Kansas handles sexual assault cases erupted Tuesday after a group released a video warning potential students not to enroll at KU because the Lawrence campus is not a safe place.”
Editorial: Instituting a sexual assault prevention program-9/11/14 Student view---“ We believe that the University must not stop at punishment, but further turn its focus to increasing prevention and reporting of sexual assault.”
Campus Rape Crisis: What’s Missing From The White House Sexual Violence Plan-9/11/14 There is a well-researched rape prevention strategy that has been studied in college settings and has been shown to reduce rates of sexual violence victimization, yet the federal government is ignoring it. That strategy is self-defense training.”
Why Ivy League Schools Have More Sex Offense Complaints-9/9/14 Because the numbers may represent higher levels of reporting -- not necessarily more crime -- the data should only be are a starting point.”
Stop blaming women for sexual assault-9/8/14 Student view—“The conversation we need to be having is about why women are seen as sexual targets and sometimes unable to associate freely in public simply because of their gender.”
Colleges Are Rewriting What Consent Means To Address Sexual Assault-9/8/14 The days of "no means no" are giving way to "only yes means yes."”
Past Sexual Assault Victims Face Three-Fold Increased Risk of Future Assault-9/6/14 The researchers monitored 1,000 college women aged between 18-21 years over a five-year period. They evaluated their drinking habits and experiences of severe physical and sexual assault.”  “Also, college authorities should look at the long-term drinking problem with the victims of assault. Victims of sexual assault display increase in alcohol consumption in the following year.”
Students tackle consent in Greek housing with ‘Consent is So Frat’-9/6/14 “Discussions over whether to co-educate the fraternities on campus or just get rid of them altogether have becomes extremely prevalent over the past several months, with administrators even going on the record regarding the issues.”
   
Cheap Drinks And Risk-Taking Fuel College Drinking Culture-9/8/14 There's no question that alcohol is a factor in the majority of sexual assaults on campus. And alcohol is abundant and very present at most colleges today.”
The Start Of School Is Not The Only Risky Time For Campus Rape-9/8/14 “It's the combination of alcohol consumption and students who are on their own for the first time that can make the first few weeks of school particularly dangerous.”
Presumed Guilty-9/1/14 “College men accused of rape say the scales are tipped against them”
How Syllabi Can Help Combat Sexual Assault-9/3/14 “By taking the simple measures of incorporating Title IX language into syllabi and giving students the names and numbers of the primary campus resources, we as educators can do our part to provide support for victims and help end the epidemic of campus sexual violence.”
OU offers mandatory sex assault prevention course-9/5/14 “According to the program’s website, Not Anymore is an online program which educates students about consent and bystander intervention as well as the realities of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking on college campuses.”—No mention of alcohol????
Third sexual assault in three weeks reported on UT campus-9/5/14 “"It's kind of like nerve-wracking. I just didn't expect it coming onto a college campus to have these like every couple of days."”
Local colleges try to address sexual assault on campus-8/25/14 “In 55 percent of the cases in which alcohol or drugs were involved, the victim was under the influence. In 75 percent of cases, the perpetrator was under the influence.”
UTPB President, Students Speak Out About Alleged Sexual Assault on Campus-9/2/14 “"You can't make good decisions about intimacy or really anything else when you've been drinking," UTPB President, Dr. David Watts, said.”
Why Campuses Can’t Talk About Alcohol When It Comes to Sexual Assault-9/4/14 “On most campuses, however, education about sexual violence does not center on how students can lower their risk of assault by changing their own behavior.”
Ex-GWU president criticized for remarks about women, drinking and sexual assault-8/29/14 Faulted for stated the obvious but unfortunately the unspeakable—““Without making the victims . . . responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women,” Trachtenberg said on the show. “They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much.”
Ruth Bass: Alcohol is the real demon on campus-6/30/14 “Before colleges come anywhere near solving the problem of campus rapes and other kinds of sexual assault, they need to solve their alcohol problem: Too many college men and women getting drunk on a regular basis.”
Blumenthal Calls For 'Bill of Rights' For College Sexual Assault Survivors-5/13/14  
Blumenthal offers student 'Bill of Rights' to reduce campus sex assaults, boost investigations-5/12/14 “In his report, Blumenthal said alcohol use associated with assaults warrants a re-examination of campus alcohol rules and enforcement.”
Column: In college sexual assaults, focus on the victim-5/14/14 “Many victims simply are not able to pursue charges against their attackers in the weeks or months after the incident. They need time and privacy to heal from the trauma at their own pace.”
Meretricious Meets Meddlesome-2/9/14 “The reality on campuses is not a rape epidemic but a culture of drunken hook-ups with zero normative checks on promiscuous behavior.”
Campus drinking culture adds challenge to sexual-assault prevention-5/7/14 “Another issue will be determining what level of intoxication a person has to reach before he or she becomes incapable of giving consent.”
Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account-5/3/14 “In surveys, a majority of the students who say they have been sexually assaulted say that they were under the influence of alcohol at the time, and often the assailants were, too.”
Obama Promises Governmentwide Scrutiny of Campus Rape-1/23/14 “To develop a "coordinated federal response" to address campus rape and sexual assault, calling for more-transparent enforcement of applicable laws and greater emphasis on developing effective campus policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault.”
Meretricious Meets Meddlesome-2/9/14 “The reality on campuses is not a rape epidemic but a culture of drunken hook-ups with zero normative checks on promiscuous behavior.”
55 colleges under Title IX inquiry for their handling of sex violence claims-5/1/14 : Three Ivy League universities landed on the list: Harvard University (its college and its law school), Princeton University and Dartmouth College. So did other prestigious private schools, such as Emory University, the University of Southern California and Amherst and Swarthmore colleges.”
White House issues report on steps to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses-4/29/14 “The White House is pushing colleges to survey their students about sex assault and other “campus climate” issues, part of a rape-prevention campaign that will include a Web site to support survivors and track enforcement.”
A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation-4/16/14 “University administrators, in apparent violation of federal law, did not promptly investigate either the rape accusation or the witness’s admission that he had videotaped part of the encounter.”
Alcohol Tied to Campus Domestic Violence – Pot, Not So Much-1/28/14 Study “found that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to perpetrate physical, psychological or sexual aggression against their partners than men under the influence of marijuana.”
Sex after drinking and the war on men-2/21/14 “Taranto may have been inartful, but he wasn’t wrong to note that the problem of campus sexual assault (or misunderstanding, as the case may be) is often, if not always, related to alcohol.”
Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college “Hanlon also said he will convene a committee of students, faculty, administrators and alumni to draft reforms to end sexual assault, high-risk drinking and other harmful behavior.”
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Fraternity Group Will Study Hazing, Sexual Assaults, and Alcohol Abuse-4/8/14 "We have reached a point where the well-being of an historic movement is at stake, and we must take decisive action to eliminate these bad behaviors."
Former Hockey Player Joins Federal Sexual Assault Suit Against UConn-12/20/13 “She became so ill that she had to be carried in to the second party. A UConn male hockey play told other students to put xxxx in his bed, the suit says. She lost consciousness, and when she regained it, the suit says, the male hockey play raped her.”
Sex assaults often linked to alcohol-10/14/13 Unforturnately limited access to article
Women: prevent sexual assaults, drinking responsibly may reduce risk factor-11/1/13 Student view---“Young women, please wake up and realize that the majority of these incidents happen when the victims are intoxicated.”
Athens Prosecutor To Consider Charges In Ohio University Rape Case-10/18/13 “Explicit photos of the incident were tweeted and quickly reposted across the Internet. Later the woman contacted police and reported she was a victim of a sexual assault.”
Campus rape: A dangerous mix of sex, alcohol and culture-10/17/13 “The alleged rape of an Ohio University student documented by bystanders and posted on social media is gathering worldwide attention, and raises a number of questions in the all too often gray area where sex, alcohol and larger social issues intersect.”
7 Women Say UConn Failed To Protect Them Against Assaults-10/21/13 “"The administration at UConn knew about the sexual harassment and hostile environment I experienced, yet responded with resounding silence."”
College Women: Stop Getting Drunk-10/15/13 “It’s closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing it.”
Benedictine U. bans drinking in its dorms-10/2/13 “Days after putting brakes on their inquiry into allegations of a pair of sexual assaults in which alcohol was said to have played a part, Benedictine University officials have implemented a ban on possessing or consuming alcohol in student housing.”
University works to make students AWARE of sexual violence-9/10/13 “Police are investigating five sexual assaults that took place between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2. None of the assaults are related and in each of the crimes the victims reported they were acquainted with the alleged suspects. All of the assaults occurred during late night/early morning hours and took place during or following alcohol-related functions.”
Lawyers Say Rape Victim's Lawsuit Should Disclose Her Name-6/12/13 “The lawsuit says the former student was assaulted when she was 19-year-old freshman during a 2010 Halloween party at the fraternity. After reporting the assault, the lawsuit states, the woman became a target of those who protested a recommendation by Wesleyan officials that students avoid the fraternity.”
4 More Colleges Are Targets of Students' Complaints Over Sexual Assault-5/23/13 “Students at Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California announced on Wednesday that they had filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education over the institutions' alleged mishandling of sexual-misconduct cases.”
ND reviews sexual assault policies-4/30/13 Student article—“Comments revealed two underlying trends in student concerns — a perceived double standard for student athletes in cases of sexual harassment or assault, and a perception of the system presuming the accused to be guilty as soon as the report is made.”
Yale Moves To Combat 'Historic' Sexual Misconduct Rates-3/23/13 “Although my sense is that women tend to feel safe on campus and have increased confidence in the university's handling of sexual assault reports, the problem of campus sexual assault at Yale is significant and troubling,"
College Groups Connect to Fight Sexual Assault-3/19/13 “Activists contend that colleges fall short in educating students about sexual assault, encouraging victims to seek help, counseling survivors, reporting the frequency of such crimes, and training the people who investigate and adjudicate cases.”
A Sober Assessment of High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses-12/17/12 “Each year, nearly 700,000 students are assaulted by fellow students who have been drinking. Almost 600,000 students are injured—and about 1,825 students die—as a result of alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related accidents, including motor vehicle crashes. Each year, nearly 100,000 students are survivors of sexual assault, including rape, while under the influence of alcohol; 400,000 students have unprotected sex while drunk; more than 100,000 students were so intoxicated while having sex that they weren’t sure if they consented or not.”
The Notre Dame Player Who Allegedly Assaulted A Woman (Who Then Committed Suicide) Is Playing For A National Championship-11/26/12 “Two days after the encounter Seeberg received a text message from a friend of the player, which said: “Don’t do anything you would regret. Messing with notre dame football is a bad idea.””
Former Student's Lawsuit Names University, Fraternity, Property Owner As Defendants-10/6/12 “In the lawsuit, Beta Theta Pi is depicted as a troubled place with "a long-documented history of dangerous misconduct, student injuries and numerous sexual assaults of women."”
Former Student's Lawsuit Names University, Fraternity, Property Owner As Defendants-10/6/12 “In the lawsuit, Beta Theta Pi is depicted as a troubled place with "a long-documented history of dangerous misconduct, student injuries and numerous sexual assaults of women."”
Former students says Glenville bungled rape case-9/20/12 Story of a campus rape that went unpunished.
College Drinking: Maybe Not a Disorder but Still a Big Problem-5/22/12 “Whether or not problem drinkers become alcoholics later in life — and there’s evidence that many of them do — we can’t ignore the hard reality that college binge drinking plays a central role in campus deaths, sexual assaults, physical injuries, destruction of property, failing academic performance, unintended pregnancies, STDs, depression, domestic violence and other mental-health problems.”
For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield-4/21/12 “A closed- door encounter between two college acquaintances. Both have been drinking. One says she was raped; the other insists it was consensual. There are no other witnesses.  It's a common scenario in college sexual assault cases, and a potential nightmare to resolve.”
Sexual assault on Oregon campuses: Despite progress with rape reports, challenges remain--2/23/12 “Also, the growing prevalence of so-called "date-rape drugs" adds more risk and confusion. While alcohol remains the drug of choice for men who are willing to have sex with an incapacitated woman, other drugs have entered the scene: Rohypnol, ketamine, GHB, even Ambien. Some blot out memories, and some merely compound the effects of alcohol.”
Campus Connection: Ward says many UW donors comfortable funding social drinking-1/28/12 “UW-Madison interim Chancellor David Ward says…” “The university needs to review its off-campus alcohol guidelines in the wake of an alleged alcohol-fueled, sexual assault scandal that led a top athletic department official to resign earlier this month.  But  he doesn't necessarily have a problem with gift funds being used to purchase alcohol for university-sponsored events."I'm a guy who is willing to examine anything, but I think the idea of having conviviality around decent drinking of alcohol at social occasions, I think many of our donors are comfortable with that,"”
UConn Sorority Investigated For Alleged Hazing Loses Registration-5/7/14  
The Missing Key to Fighting Sexual Assault on Campus-5/8/14 “If colleges are to reduce the incidence of campus sexual assault, they must have guidelines about when it is a crime to have sex with a person who is drunk.”
Opinion-Gary Miller: Universities Should Address ‘High-Risk Drinking’ By Students-5/19/14 “In recent years, a number of students at UNC campuses have died due to alcohol-related incidents. Not only do these incidents affect the safety of our students, but they also negatively affect retention and the greater academic mission of the university.”
“Death Experience” highlights the dangerous consequences of irresponsible drinking-5/10/14 “The purpose of this event was to further bring awareness and knowledge to the dangerous possibilities of irresponsible driving. Not only are those who are intoxicated typically injured or killed, but innocent victims are often very seriously affected as well.”
Campus drinking culture adds challenge to sexual-assault prevention-5/7/14 “Another issue will be determining what level of intoxication a person has to reach before he or she becomes incapable of giving consent.”

Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account-5/3/14

“In surveys, a majority of the students who say they have been sexually assaulted say that they were under the influence of alcohol at the time, and often the assailants were, too.”

Obama Promises Government wide Scrutiny of Campus Rape-1/23/14

“To develop a "coordinated federal response" to address campus rape and sexual assault, calling for more-transparent enforcement of applicable laws and greater emphasis on developing effective campus policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault.”

Meretricious Meets Meddlesome-2/9/14

The reality on campuses is not a rape epidemic but a culture of drunken hook-ups with zero normative checks on promiscuous behavior.”

55 colleges under Title IX inquiry for their handling of sex violence claims-5/1/14

: Three Ivy League universities landed on the list: Harvard University (its college and its law school), Princeton University and Dartmouth College. So did other prestigious private schools, such as Emory University, the University of Southern California and Amherst and Swarthmore colleges.”

White House issues report on steps to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses-4/29/14

The White House is pushing colleges to survey their students about sex assault and other “campus climate” issues, part of a rape-prevention campaign that will include a Web site to support survivors and track enforcement.”

A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation-4/16/14

University administrators, in apparent violation of federal law, did not promptly investigate either the rape accusation or the witness’s admission that he had videotaped part of the encounter.”

Alcohol Tied to Campus Domestic Violence – Pot, Not So Much-1/28/14

Study “found that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to perpetrate physical, psychological or sexual aggression against their partners than men under the influence of marijuana.”

Sex after drinking and the war on men-2/21/14

Taranto may have been inartful, but he wasn’t wrong to note that the problem of campus sexual assault (or misunderstanding, as the case may be) is often, if not always, related to alcohol.”

Dartmouth president calls for end to ‘extreme behavior’ that mars image of elite college

--4/16/14

Hanlon also said he will convene a committee of students, faculty, administrators and alumni to draft reforms to end sexual assault, high-risk drinking and other harmful behavior.”

Fraternity Group Will Study Hazing, Sexual Assaults, and Alcohol Abuse-4/8/14

"We have reached a point where the well-being of an historic movement is at stake, and we must take decisive action to eliminate these bad behaviors."

Former Hockey Player Joins Federal Sexual Assault Suit Against UConn-12/20/13

She became so ill that she had to be carried in to the second party. A UConn male hockey play told other students to put xxxx in his bed, the suit says. She lost consciousness, and when she regained it, the suit says, the male hockey play raped her.”

Sex assaults often linked to alcohol-10/14/13

Unforturnately limited access to article

Women: prevent sexual assaults, drinking responsibly may reduce risk factor-11/1/13

Student view---“Young women, please wake up and realize that the majority of these incidents happen when the victims are intoxicated.”

Athens Prosecutor To Consider Charges In Ohio University Rape Case-10/18/13

Explicit photos of the incident were tweeted and quickly reposted across the Internet. Later the woman contacted police and reported she was a victim of a sexual assault.”

Campus rape: A dangerous mix of sex, alcohol and culture-10/17/13

The alleged rape of an Ohio University student documented by bystanders and posted on social media is gathering worldwide attention, and raises a number of questions in the all too often gray area where sex, alcohol and larger social issues intersect.”

7 Women Say UConn Failed To Protect Them Against Assaults-10/21/13

"The administration at UConn knew about the sexual harassment and hostile environment I experienced, yet responded with resounding silence."”

College Women: Stop Getting Drunk-10/15/13

It’s closely associated with sexual assault. And yet we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing it.”

Benedictine U. bans drinking in its dorms-10/2/13

Days after putting brakes on their inquiry into allegations of a pair of sexual assaults in which alcohol was said to have played a part, Benedictine University officials have implemented a ban on possessing or consuming alcohol in student housing.”

University works to make students AWARE of sexual violence-9/10/13

Police are investigating five sexual assaults that took place between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2. None of the assaults are related and in each of the crimes the victims reported they were acquainted with the alleged suspects. All of the assaults occurred during late night/early morning hours and took place during or following alcohol-related functions.”

Lawyers Say Rape Victim's Lawsuit Should Disclose Her Name-6/12/13

The lawsuit says the former student was assaulted when she was 19-year-old freshman during a 2010 Halloween party at the fraternity. After reporting the assault, the lawsuit states, the woman became a target of those who protested a recommendation by Wesleyan officials that students avoid the fraternity.”

4 More Colleges Are Targets of Students' Complaints Over Sexual Assault-5/23/13

Students at Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California announced on Wednesday that they had filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education over the institutions' alleged mishandling of sexual-misconduct cases.”

ND reviews sexual assault policies-4/30/13

Student article—“Comments revealed two underlying trends in student concerns — a perceived double standard for student athletes in cases of sexual harassment or assault, and a perception of the system presuming the accused to be guilty as soon as the report is made.”

Yale Moves To Combat 'Historic' Sexual Misconduct Rates-3/23/13

“Although my sense is that women tend to feel safe on campus and have increased confidence in the university's handling of sexual assault reports, the problem of campus sexual assault at Yale is significant and troubling,"

College Groups Connect to Fight Sexual Assault-3/19/13

Activists contend that colleges fall short in educating students about sexual assault, encouraging victims to seek help, counseling survivors, reporting the frequency of such crimes, and training the people who investigate and adjudicate cases.”

A Sober Assessment of High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses-12/17/12

“Each year, nearly 700,000 students are assaulted by fellow students who have been drinking. Almost 600,000 students are injured—and about 1,825 students die—as a result of alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related accidents, including motor vehicle crashes. Each year, nearly 100,000 students are survivors of sexual assault, including rape, while under the influence of alcohol; 400,000 students have unprotected sex while drunk; more than 100,000 students were so intoxicated while having sex that they weren’t sure if they consented or not.”

The Notre Dame Player Who Allegedly Assaulted A Woman (Who Then Committed Suicide) Is Playing For A National Championship-11/26/12

“Two days after the encounter Seeberg received a text message from a friend of the player, which said: “Don’t do anything you would regret. Messing with notre dame football is a bad idea.””

Former Student's Lawsuit Names University, Fraternity, Property Owner As Defendants-10/6/12

“In the lawsuit, Beta Theta Pi is depicted as a troubled place with "a long-documented history of dangerous misconduct, student injuries and numerous sexual assaults of women."”

Former Student's Lawsuit Names University, Fraternity, Property Owner As Defendants-10/6/12

“In the lawsuit, Beta Theta Pi is depicted as a troubled place with "a long-documented history of dangerous misconduct, student injuries and numerous sexual assaults of women."”

Former students says Glenville bungled rape case-9/20/12

Story of a campus rape that went unpunished.

College Drinking: Maybe Not a Disorder but Still a Big Problem-5/22/12

“Whether or not problem drinkers become alcoholics later in life — and there’s evidence that many of them do — we can’t ignore the hard reality that college binge drinking plays a central role in campus deaths, sexual assaults, physical injuries, destruction of property, failing academic performance, unintended pregnancies, STDs, depression, domestic violence and other mental-health problems.”

For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield-4/21/12

“A closed- door encounter between two college acquaintances. Both have been drinking. One says she was raped; the other insists it was consensual. There are no other witnesses.  It's a common scenario in college sexual assault cases, and a potential nightmare to resolve.”

Sexual assault on Oregon campuses: Despite progress with rape reports, challenges remain--2/23/12

“Also, the growing prevalence of so-called "date-rape drugs" adds more risk and confusion. While alcohol remains the drug of choice for men who are willing to have sex with an incapacitated woman, other drugs have entered the scene: Rohypnol, ketamine, GHB, even Ambien. Some blot out memories, and some merely compound the effects of alcohol.”

Campus Connection: Ward says many UW donors comfortable funding social drinking-1/28/12

“UW-Madison interim Chancellor David Ward says…” “The university needs to review its off-campus alcohol guidelines in the wake of an alleged alcohol-fueled, sexual assault scandal that led a top athletic department official to resign earlier this month.  But  he doesn't necessarily have a problem with gift funds being used to purchase alcohol for university-sponsored events."I'm a guy who is willing to examine anything, but I think the idea of having conviviality around decent drinking of alcohol at social occasions, I think many of our donors are comfortable with that,"”

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