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 Yesterday 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 systematically 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… » 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

Columbia Graduates Wear Red Tape In Solidarity With Rape Survivors

Colleges and universities have a reputation for sweeping sexual assault under the rug because they want to avoid negative publicity. That tactic has been biting Columbia University in the ass over recent months, as their administration's responsibility dodge has led to a barrage of bad press. And now, a smattering of… » 5/21/14 6:30pm 5/21/14 6:30pm

Why Reporting to Police Isn't the Solution to the College Rape Problem

A fairly common refrain when discussing the utter, devastating ineptitude of colleges in handling sexual assault cases is, "Why do we even trust colleges to handle this?" Often, people will wonder why victims don't just report to the police. The short answer to this is as wholly depressing as you'd expect: simply put,… » 5/20/14 2:40pm 5/20/14 2:40pm

Fed Up Alumni Withholding Donations Until Colleges Address Rape Crisis

Being asked for a donation by a college with millions in its endowment is obnoxious enough for a graduate who is still at least a decade from paying off her student loans. It's downright insulting when the organization holding out its hand for no-strings-attached money is in the news for mishandling rape cases. And so… » 5/19/14 3:15pm 5/19/14 3:15pm

College Finds Student 'Responsible' For Rape, Lets Him Transfer

Yesterday, former Northeastern student Katherine Rizzo announced that she has filed Title IX and Clery Act complaints against the university. Her account of institutional indifference is an infuriating variation on a far-too-ubiquitous theme: after a sluggish and re-victimizing hearing process, no justice was served.… » 5/08/14 2:30pm 5/08/14 2:30pm

23 Students File Complaint Against Columbia for Mishandling Rape

After several truly infuriating accounts of the Columbia administration mishandling and neglecting sexual assault reports became public, the University pledged to clean up its act. But, as is so often and so alarmingly the case, this seems to have just been a PR smokescreen: the administration's first concern was… » 4/24/14 4:30pm 4/24/14 4:30pm

College Rankings Should Reflect How a School Handles Rape

College rankings are very much bullshit, obviously — but by far the most bullshit aspect of them is the fact that at least half of our nation's Top 10 Schools have a history of utter ineptitude at handling sexual assault. It doesn't matter how high an institution's median SAT score is: if students are getting away… » 4/14/14 2:40pm 4/14/14 2:40pm

Los Angeles Times Was Wrong to Retract Article on Rape at Occidental

On March 14, 2014, The Los Angeles Times issued a retraction of an article in which reporter Jason Felch stated that Occidental College failed to disclose 27 sexual assaults in its 2012 Annual Security Report (ASR). The retraction states that "Occidental representatives approached the Times early this month to seek a… » 4/08/14 4:20pm 4/08/14 4:20pm

Colleges Would Rather Save Their Own Asses Than Stop Rape

If the recent spate of federal suits filed against college administrations for mishandling sexual assault reports has taught us anything, it's that many institutions of higher learning are woefully under-equipped and inept when it comes instituting, and then effectively wielding, an effective sexual assault and… » 4/01/14 3:10pm 4/01/14 3:10pm

What RAINN's Recommendations On Campus Rape Get Wrong (And Right)

Two weeks ago, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) published a list of recommendations for the White House task force on campus rape. In a press release announcing their effort, RAINN stated that it "urged the [White House] task force to remain focused on the true cause of the problem," calling the… » 3/23/14 4:00pm 3/23/14 4:00pm

University of Akron Might Have Plagiarized Its Sexual Assault Policies

Plagiarism on campus: not just for over-caffeinated students the throes of finals week desperation any more! Apparently, it's also an attractive option for college administrators at University of Akron in Ohio, who seemingly lifted several sections of their own sexual assault policy guide directly from other… » 2/05/14 7:00pm 2/05/14 7:00pm