Tufts Students Nominate Sexual Assault Activist for Honorary Degree

The human cost of college administrations' negligence and ineptitude when it comes to handling rape allegations is monstrously high. In far too many cases, the victim, denied a fair hearing process, drops out while his or her assailant graduates unscathed. This is something we should keep in mind even as activists,… » 9/19/14 4:50pm Friday 4:50pm

Reminder: Police Suck At Handling Campus Rape Allegations, Too

By now, it's an established fact that college administrations are utterly inept at handling sexual assault allegations. For all those well-intentioned humans out there who think the best solution is to leave such cases in the hands of local law enforcement: turns out, the police are pretty damn terrible at… » 9/15/14 6:00pm Monday 6:00pm

Columbia Students Drag Mattresses Onto Campus to Support Rape Survivor

Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz is carrying her mattress to class every day until her rapist leaves school. In an incredibly poignant act of solidarity, other Columbia students have begun walking with her, helping her carry the load. And today, they dragged several mattresses of their own in front of the… » 9/12/14 5:40pm 9/12/14 5:40pm

'Yes Means Yes' Laws Will Not Ruin Sex Forever, Despite Idiotic Fears

On August 28, the California State Assembly passed a comprehensive campus rape bill, which is a very, very good thing. We need laws like this one because it's clear that most colleges will not actually give a shit about helping rape survivors unless they're forced to. Predictably, of course, this decision has been… » 9/08/14 5:00pm 9/08/14 5:00pm

Johns Hopkins's Newest Rape Expert Previously Mishandled Rape Report

Johns Hopkins University is one the 76 American colleges and universities under federal investigation for mishandling rape allegations. Like so many of the schools that have come under fire in the past year, JHU has publicly paid lip service to fixing its polices — but student activists are skeptical that the changes… » 8/29/14 12:50pm 8/29/14 12:50pm

Columbia Unveils New Sexual Assault Policy, Students Are Not Impressed

After provoking student ire by fighting campus rape by, uh, canceling a concert, the Columbia administration has finally come out with a revised and updated sexual assault and harassment policy. It's a marked improvement from the previous policy — I mean, it would be hard to get much worse — but on-campus activists… » 8/15/14 1:20pm 8/15/14 1:20pm

76 Colleges Now Being Investigated For Mishandling Rape

In May, the U.S. Department of Education first released its list of 55 schools under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault allegations. Since then, student activists and survivors have continued taking their college administrations to task for not giving a shit about their health, their safety and their… » 8/14/14 2:10pm 8/14/14 2:10pm

Canceling a Concert Won't Solve Columbia's Rape Problem

Like so many colleges and universities in America, Columbia has an egregious sexual assault problem. Fortunately, the administration has come up with a totally sufficient and effective means of eradicating sexual violence on campus once and for all: they're canceling a semi-annual concert over "safety concerns… » 8/12/14 12:50pm 8/12/14 12:50pm

California Legislature Considering 'Yes Means Yes' Campus Rape Bill

If there's one thing we know for certain about sexual assault at institutions of higher learning, it's that far too many college administrators have no fucking clue what they're doing. In far too many cases, schools' sexual assault policies even lack a clear definition of what constitutes consent. Legislation… » 8/11/14 3:20pm 8/11/14 3:20pm

Colleges That Botch Rape Investigations Could Face Millions in Fines

A truly motley crew of Senators has introduced a bill that would crack down on schools that fail to address campus sexual assault. But unlike window dress-y efforts that amount to little more than campaign ads for politicians uninterested in effecting actual change, this bill actually sounds like it's got some teeth. » 7/30/14 7:00pm 7/30/14 7:00pm

Is There A College That Isn't Absolutely Terrible At Addressing Rape?

This weekend, the New York Times ran the horrifying story of a young Hobart and William Smith College student named Anna who was raped at a party, in front of laughing spectators. The storyline is depressingly familiar — Anna's rape kit concluded that she'd been violently sexually assaulted, but when she turned to her… » 7/14/14 5:00pm 7/14/14 5:00pm

45 Percent of Colleges Report Zero Rapes on Campus, Which is Bullshit

The Washington Post recently crunched the data on sexual violence at college campuses; according to their findings, Penn State had the highest number of reported cases in 2012 — which was only fifty-six. Forty-five percent of schools with over 1,000 students, in fact, report zero rape cases for the entire year. » 7/07/14 4:40pm 7/07/14 4:40pm

What to Do When Your Rapist Is a Varsity Athlete

Their first interaction was him complimenting her watch. Then he began snapchatting her, texting her. It wasn't until he began following her on Instagram that she realized that he was a senior on her school's NCAA division 1 basketball team. And it wasn't until he raped her on the night before Easter that she realized… » 6/17/14 2:20pm 6/17/14 2:20pm

Colleges Silence and Fire Faculty Who Speak Out About Rape

In institutions of higher learning nationwide, college administrations are silencing faculty for speaking out about the campus rape crisis. Faculty members from four colleges and universities spoke exclusively to Jezebel about the professional retaliation they've faced due to their support of survivors of sexual… » 6/13/14 11:40am 6/13/14 11:40am

Ladies Love Being Rape Victims, Says Asshole

Like teenage Vine stars, singing competition shows, and the man who I sometimes see with his dong casually out on the subway, I usually ignore Washington Post columnist and living Republican stereotype George Will. I figure everything he says will just irritate me, and life is irritating enough with morality lectures… » 6/09/14 3:00pm 6/09/14 3:00pm

Here Are 5 New Schools Under Federal Investigation for Sexual Assault

At the beginning of this month, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 American colleges and universities under investigation for grossly mishandling sexual assault investigations. On Wednesday, the OCR announced that it's opened investigations at five more institutions of… » 5/29/14 7:45pm 5/29/14 7:45pm