Sexual Assault on US Campuses

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Sexual harassment in US colleges and universities has been going on for years but only recently it has gained national attention. The statistics on campus sexual assault are shocking. 62% of female college students and 61% of male college students have reported having been sexually harassed at their university. 39% of students who experienced sexual harassment say the incident or incidents occurred in the dorm. That said, 35% or more of college students who experience sexual harassment do not tell anyone about their experience. So, there’s a big gap between what student experience and what they report. Recently, the Department of Education has released a list of 55 colleges and universities currently under investigation for possibly mishandling complaints of sexual harassment. Is the issue of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses case-specific or is it part of the overall culture of sexism?

   

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