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Here Are 5 New Schools Under Federal Investigation for Sexual Assault

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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 higher learning — bringing the number to 60.

According to the Huffington Post, the schools newly under investigation include the University of Alaska system, the University of Delaware, Elmira College in New York, the University of Akron in Ohio and Cisco Junior College in Texas. As of now, there's no information on whether the five new probes are in response to specific complaints or whether they're proactive investigations. However, we do know that two University of Akron students filed a complaint against the school for discouraging them from reporting and insinuating that one survivor was a "liar," as the Huffington Post reported in February; furthermore, the University of Akron was also recently accused of plagiarizing its sexual assault policies from other schools.

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Of course, these 60 schools are barely even the tip of the iceberg — campus rape is a ubiquitous, systemic issue that occurs nationwide and has traditionally existed on an institutional level with impunity. It's reassuring to see such increased focus on preventing and prosecuting sexual violence on college campuses; unfortunately, though, I strongly doubt the steady stream of schools coming under investigation will stop any time soon.

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DISCUSSION

OK, I'm not about to reply to the troll, but regarding the RAINN statement on rape culture, here's a good discussion about the statement and the problems with it:


Feminists who coined and spread the phrase "rape culture" are not denying that rapists need to be held personally responsible for their criminal behavior. They are pointing out all the cultural reasons that this doesn't happen: the myth that false accusations are common, the myth that rapists are just confused about consent, and the myth that victims share the blame for drinking too much or otherwise making themselves vulnerable. Only by tackling these cultural problems will we be able to see clearly that rapists know exactly what they're doing and punish them for it. Rape culture doesn't cause the desire to rape, but it allows rapists to rape with the confidence that comes from knowing you're very unlikely to be prosecuted for it.

And here's another (be aware that it includes an auto-play audio):

And if the cultural factors aren't convincing enough, (Zerlina) Maxwell said the statistics on rape speak for themselves.

"The numbers are too high in order to say it's just a few bad apples"

Sigh.