55 Colleges Face Federal Sexual Assault Probe

55 Colleges Face Federal Sexual Assault Probe

August 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The U.S. Department of Education is making
a strong push this week to improve awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. The White House has been releasing numbers
and educational information all week, including this ad featuring President Obama, Joe Biden,
and several celebrities urging universities to be more active in their efforts to deter
campus sexual assault. (Via The White House ) “It’s up to all of us to put an end to sexual
assault.” Then Thursday, in a somewhat surprising move,
the Department of Education released the names of 55 schools under Title IX investigation
for their handlings of sexual assault. The list includes several high-profile universities
including Ivy League schools Princeton, Harvard School of Law, Dartmouth and several large
state universities including Florida State — where Heisman trophy-winning quarterback
Jameis Winston was caught up in a high-profile sexual assault scandal. (Via ​U.S. Department
of Education, WJLA) The list includes several other universities,
both public and private, from around the U.S. A writer for Jezebel says: “I was … shocked
by how many gigantic public schools were on the list. Being terrible about rape appears
as endemic to American high education as barfing on the quad. … People are paying attention,
and this isn’t going away.” According to NPR’s analysis of White House
release numbers, the number of rapes reported on college campuses is up nearly 50 percent
since 2008 — which actually could be a positive sign. One campus safety advocate told NPR, “It’s
a good thing that more victims are reporting because they’re getting the help and support
they need from their institutions … which is the first step in healing and recovery.”