Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sharing an article on #sexualassault in #college July 10 2014

Nothing earth shattering new but worth paying attention to because it has not gotten better.

“'Wake-Up Call' on Sex Assault”

“WASHINGTON -- More than a fifth of colleges nationwide allow their athletic departments to oversee sexual assault cases involving student-athletes, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday by Senator Claire McCaskill.”

“In addition, more than 40 percent of colleges responding to the survey said that they had not conducted a single investigation of sexual assault in the past five years -- a finding that the Democratic lawmaker called “unbelievable.” The survey included a range of institutions, including large public institutions, private colleges and for-profit institutions.”

“McCaskill is working with a bipartisan group of Senators to craft new legislation aimed at combating sexual assault. The results of the survey, she said, should serve as a "wake-up call" because they show that many colleges are violating the law and failing to follow best practices in how they handle sexual assault cases.”

“"We think it’s really important that this information be used aggressively to inform colleges and universities that they are falling short," she told reporters Wednesday.”

“Among her concerns, she said, was the fact that a majority of institutions do not have protocols for how they work with local law enforcement to handle sexual assault cases. Many are also failing to adequately train employees and students. About one-third of the colleges responding to the survey said they don’t provide any training for students on dealing with sexual assault.”

“In addition, very few institutions -- only 16 percent -- reported using annual anonymous surveys to gauge student views about the climate surrounding sexual violence at their institutions. Victims’ advocates have been pushing more colleges to adopt such “climate surveys.” Earlier this year, the White House urged all institutions to conduct those evaluations.”

This should not be that difficult to solve, just do the right thing and think about the best interests of the students.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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