Sexual Assault on US Campuses

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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