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Fighting Sexual Assault on Campuses

Written By: Asha McKenzie
Fighting Sexual Assault On Campuses

 

    (WENY) -- College campuses reported nearly 5,000 sex offenses in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
     In a letter, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 9 other senators are calling for federal funding to investigate sexual assault laws on University grounds.
     In a statement, Senator Gillibrand says, "The price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted...simply unacceptable that they have become havens for rape and sexual assault."
     Mike Rogers of Elmira College is hoping this extra funding will make college campuses even safer.
     Under the Clery Act and Title IX, All Colleges and Universities must report all sexual violence.
     "Policies that relate to these offensive make sure that students know they are in a safe, healthy enviorment that does not condone sexual violence," says Rogers.
     Workers at the Sexual Assault Research Center also want to see funding approved to better protect students.
     "I think that if colleges made more of an effort to advertise how you can get help, if you experience something on a college campus, I think that will make a huge difference," says Sarah Blagg, Community Affair Coordinator at the Sexaul Assault Resource Center.
     Each year 10,000 complaints are reported against universities that violate the code but there is no staff dedicated to exclusively handle Title IX offenses.
     Lauren West, Director at the Sexual Assault center feels that something needs to be done about the assault statistics on college grounds.
     "I think that it is really really important for these colleges to understand that this isn't something you can handle in house," says West.
     From 2000 to 2013, Clery Act enforcement employees were only able to investigate and fine 21 colleges and universities.