“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college,” says a White House report released last week. “We are here to tell sexual assault survivors that they are not alone. And we’re also here to help schools live up to their obligation to protect students from sexual violence.”
To combat this plague, the White House task force says colleges should take aggressive steps to prevent sexual assault. They also want the schools to have better systems to handle sexual assault, including: Someone a survivor can talk to in confidence; a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy; trauma-informed training for school officials; better school disciplinary systems; partnerships with the community (meaning students have access to an emergency room with a rape kit, and the campus disciplinary system works with local police while investigating the alleged crime).
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