Virginia Governor Calls for Investigation Into UVA Gang Rape Frat

Two days ago, Rolling Stone published a bombshell article about an alleged gang rape at UVA's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 2012, and the labyrinthine headache that greeted the woman who tried to seek justice. Now, the Governor of Virginia is calling on the University to thoroughly investigate the fraternity. » 11/21/14 12:10pm Friday 12:10pm

UVA Student Says She was Gang Raped at Frat and Told Not to Report

A searing new story in Rolling Stone claims that an 18-year-old student at University of Virginia, whom they call Jackie, was gang-raped at a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house just weeks into her freshman year, then discouraged from reporting the rape by both her friends and the school. According to Jackie,… » 11/20/14 11:10am Thursday 11:10am

Johns Hopkins Pays Lip Service to Campus Rape, Frats Throw a Tantrum

Two weeks ago, during a party at Johns Hopkins University's Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a bathroom by two men. University administrators responded by sending out a letter temporarily suspending all social events held by fraternities and sororities. Now, hundreds of copies of a… » 11/11/14 11:10am 11/11/14 11:10am

College: Protecting Students From Rape Is Not Our Responsibility

In the fall of 2012, a woman enrolled at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. Just three days into the school year, she says, she was raped in her room by a member of the lacrosse team after being given a shot she believes was spiked with some kind of drug. This month, the woman, identified as Jane Doe in… » 10/31/14 2:20pm 10/31/14 2:20pm

Consent Laws Are Ruining Sex, Says Writer Who Probably Has Awful Sex

California's affirmative consent law requires affirmative consent to be obtained before a sex act qualifies as "consensual." Practically applied, it means that during a collegiate rape investigation, the onus will be on the assailant to prove that he obtained consent, rather than on the victim, who in the past has to… » 10/08/14 4:30pm 10/08/14 4:30pm

Colleges Rarely Expel Students Found Responsible for Sexual Assault

By now, it's well established that colleges are pretty deplorable at responding to and adjudicating sexual assault cases. Of course, the institutional negligence and ineptitude doesn't end there: a new report shows that even when students are found responsible for sexual assault, it's very unlikely they'll be kicked… » 9/29/14 2:20pm 9/29/14 2:20pm

Frat Alumni President Blames 'Drunk Female Guests' For Ruining Fun

If you blinked at all, even for a second yesterday, you may have missed a doozy of a story that Forbes ran and very quickly deleted. Which is a shame, since the headline was "Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities," and the only thing more hilariously evil than much of the piece that followed was… » 9/24/14 10:20am 9/24/14 10:20am

Fraternities Announce Plan to Train Members to Help Stop Assault

For many people, the word "frat" conjures to mind several horrible images: racist theme parties, hellish bodily fluid-themed hazing activities, rapey events and emails that blatantly encourage sexual predation, etc. Eight college fraternities are hoping to change that: on Tuesday, they announced new training to combat… » 9/23/14 2:10pm 9/23/14 2:10pm

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 9/19/14 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 9/15/14 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