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Sexual assault is a longtime occurrence on college and university campuses. A survey of 440 colleges showed that many schools ignore provisions of Title IX, which requires schools to prevent and investigate sexual assaults, and the 1990 Clery Act, which orders colleges to report violent incidents to authorities. Up to 90% of college campus rapes occur through date rape incidents. Recent estimates have put the occurrence of rape, or attempted rape, at about one of every four women during their college career. This estimate corroborates a recent finding that 19% of all American women have been raped during their lifetimes. Advocates claim campus rape is so prevalent that schools which do not report this problem are likely avoiding efforts to address it. They say schools, fearing negative publicity, are not proactive in investigating or prosecuting those responsible for these violent crimes.

Only about 12% of all campus rapes are reported to authorities and only 1% of all assailants are ever disciplined by the school. But some schools assign a confidential adviser to each victim, who explains the reporting process while ensuring services are made available for her. This approach has helped increase the number of victims who decide to report their abuse to the police. Advocates say colleges need to provide safe and supportive environments where students feel comfortable reporting these crimes.

Proposed Legislation: S.976 - Campus Accountability and Safety Act (116th Congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current campus rape policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support: 1.) Requiring schools to publish crime statistics on their web sites. 2.) Requiring additional statistics including data on the verdicts in sexual assault cases, as well as data on dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. 3.) Requiring victim advocacy organizations to be included in the development of schools' sexual assault policies. 4.) Requiring a confidential survey on students' experiences with sexual violence and sexual harassment, which is to be administered at all higher education institutions in the country. 5.) Fining schools $150,000 that failed to meet the requirements of the Clery Act. 6.) Requiring schools to forward reports of sexual violence to the police only when the alleged victims wished for them to do so. 7.) Allowing schools to institute systems for anonymous reporting of sexual assault. 8.) Requiring schools to publish information on their websites about community resources for assault victims. 9.) Allowing students reporting sexual assault be given amnesty for other misconduct, such as underage drinking, that may become known as a result of the report. 10.) Requiring schools to establish uniform disciplinary procedures for sexual violence with no special treatment for particular classes of students, such as athletes or students majoring in particular fields. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support:
    1.) Requiring schools to publish crime statistics on their web sites.

    2.) Requiring additional statistics including data on the verdicts in sexual assault cases, as well as data on dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

    3.) Requiring victim advocacy organizations to be included in the development of schools' sexual assault policies.

    4.) Requiring a confidential survey on students' experiences with sexual violence and sexual harassment, which is to be administered at all higher education institutions in the country.

    5.) Fining schools $150,000 that failed to meet the requirements of the Clery Act.

    6.) Requiring schools to forward reports of sexual violence to the police only when the alleged victims wished for them to do so.

    7.) Allowing schools to institute systems for anonymous reporting of sexual assault.

    8.) Requiring schools to publish information on their websites about community resources for assault victims.

    9.) Allowing students reporting sexual assault be given amnesty for other misconduct, such as underage drinking, that may become known as a result of the report.

    10.) Requiring schools to establish uniform disciplinary procedures for sexual violence with no special treatment for particular classes of students, such as athletes or students majoring in particular fields.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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