“We know the numbers: one in five of every one of those young women who is dropped off for that first day of school, before they finish school, will be assaulted, will be assaulted in her college years.”

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Sexual assault of undergraduate women

A key study in the national debate about campus sexual assault was published in 2007. RTI International, with funding from the National Institute of Justice, surveyed 5,446 undergraduate women at two large public universities. The study examined the prevalence, nature and reporting of various types of sexual assault. Below are excerpts from analyses of four cohorts identified in the study: Those who experienced a sexual assault through force; those who experienced a sexual assault enabled by alcohol or drugs; those who experienced a sexual assault through force or alcohol-or-drug enabling; and those who were not victims.

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“Have you heard? It’s not rape anymore. The newer, more palatable term at colleges across the country is “non-consensual sex.” And it’s become part of the weaseling, whitewashing way we deal with sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape.”
“By a 6 to 2 vote, the divided court concluded that neither the Constitution nor Supreme Court precedents provide authority for the courts to overturn Michigan laws that allow the voters to determine whether racial preferences may be considered in decisions such as school admissions.”
“As a former sex offense prosecutor who now sometimes represents students in college disciplinary matters, I know that sex crimes are among the most difficult of criminal cases to investigate and prosecute.”
— One reader wrote us to say that courts, not colleges, should prosecute sex crimes. Do you agree?