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University rape 'epidemic'

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by White Tara, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. White Tara Global Moderator

    http://www.news.com.au/world/swimme...pus-sex-assaults/story-fndir2ev-1226813427052
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    'System failed her' ... the family of former University of Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey says the school and its athletics department failed to properly investigate her alleged off-campus rape. Source: AP
    THE case of a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was raped in an episode that her parents say led to her suicide has underscored the problems higher education institutions in the US face in cracking down on sexual assaults.
    The parents of Sasha Menu Courey say the university and its athletics department by now should have investigated her alleged off-campus rape by as many as three football players in February 2010.
    University leaders say they didn't learn about the purported attack until after Menu Courey, a Canadian, committed suicide 16 months later. They also said they followed the letter of the law because they didn't have specific knowledge of the attack and no victim to interview.
    Schools across the US are spending more time and money fighting campus rape in response to stricter federal enforcement of gender discrimination laws. The White House has called it a public health epidemic, and President Barack Obama last week announced the formation of a new task force on college sex assault, citing statistics that show 1 in 5 female students is assaulted while in college, but only 1 in 8 victims report attacks.
    But balancing the needs of individual students - including those who report attacks but don't want a criminal investigation - with protecting the larger community is vexing for many schools.
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    http://www.news.com.au/world/swimme...pus-sex-assaults/story-fndir2ev-1226813427052
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  3. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    http://www.dartblog.com/data/2014/05/011503.php
    Dartmouth: the Rape School

    This is a bawwwww from the Dartmouth college paper because the president of Datmouth is speaking out against campus rape. They want him to STFU

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  4. tinfoilhatter Member

    Never report a crime, any crime, much less a serious one to campus police. always report it to the REAL police.
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  5. BabyThumb Member

    Couldn't agree more. unless someone went over the speed bump too fast or someone is smoking in a non-designated area, the campus police will do nothing.
  6. tinfoilhatter Member

    Ever hear of broken window theory?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory

    Essentially, when the cops are lax, crime escalates. We called it the law of perception in the navy. I wonder if the incompetence of campus pds is what emboldens the crime on our university campuses.
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  7. There's a couple of layers to what happens at big colleges and what probably effects processing of crimes reported to campus police:

    First you have student social hierarchies such as frats which have both privilege as well as off-site housing to complicate matters. Also lots of booze. Many of these kids are children of alumni and high-rollers who keep the school in money, or are involved with high status fields such as sports.

    Second: most universities these days are major businesses with huge masses of public and private funding to manage and turn into more infrastructure to name after rich guys. Image is very important to them, especially ones that are trying to compete for the huge numbers of asian and other foreign students that study here. Those kids can pay upwards of 40 grand a year as of a few years ago, and most of them pay further for housing and food.

    Thirdly: These places are also farms for major league sports. As we have seen in the case in FL that schools and even entire cities will go through a lot just to shelter a star from an accuser.

    So anyways, pretend you are a campus cop. It's an OK job, not horribly high-paid but easy enough most of the time. Then you have to deal with any combination of the above a) rich, influential alumni, b) Senior administration, c) The Sports Money Machine to get to a suspect for a rape investigation started on the word of a girl who will likely simply leave the school at some point. She's gone in three months but you gotta still work with coach and the dean.

    One would probably be better off to go to the real police and not the campus police.
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  10. White Tara Global Moderator

    Not quite mandatory reporting, but it may be progress.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/college-rape-bill_n_5637967.html
    If a new bipartisan bill is enacted, the public may learn of even more colleges and universities facing federal scrutiny for possibly underreporting sex crimes on campus.
    Late Wednesday, after lawmakers debuted two pieces of legislation intended to combat college sexual violence, Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Patrick Meehan (R-Penn.) introduced a third bill, the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency Act.
    Nicknamed the HALT Act, the bill includes several components similar to those found in the other proposals, such as requiring schools to conduct annual climate surveys, increasing the penalties for offenders who violate existing campus safety laws, and establishing more requirements for colleges to notify students of their rights under the gender equity statute Title IX.
    The HALT Act would also put greater pressure on the Education Department with regard to its investigations of colleges suspected of violating the law. Speier and Meehan's bill would require the department to publish a list of institutions under investigation for possible violations of the Clery Act, a campus safety law -- something the department currently does not do.
    More at link;
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/college-rape-bill_n_5637967.html
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  14. White Tara Global Moderator

    Little fuckers. I hope the book gets thrown at them. This is where the lets make a deal game should see them turning each other in.
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  15. tinfoilhatter Member

    One thing that i learned in the navy, is that when you go out, you need a sober buddy. It has to be a smart, responsible person, to help you get home in case something like this happens.

    I wonder how much greek life is to blame for the rape epidemic. I have yet to hear about: anime club, craft beer club, chess club, the business and engineering clubs do these type of shenanigans. Only fraternities and sororities seem to be involved. Well, lets see how this university deals with the new title 9 laws coming after them.
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  16. White Tara Global Moderator

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  17. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Alrighty maybe we are getting somewhere.
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  18. White Tara Global Moderator

    Yeah maybe, but I can almost hear those at the feats national office laughing behind their hands, saying oh boys will be boys. :(
  19. White Tara Global Moderator

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/virginia-wesleyan-rape_n_5940404.html

    Virginia Wesleyan College found a student responsible for sexual assault, expelled him, then changed his status to "voluntarily withdrawn" to help him get into a new school, according to a lawsuit.

    The suit, filed by an assault victim under the pseudonym Jane Doe against Virginia Wesleyan, a liberal-arts college associated with the Virginia United Methodist Church in Norfolk, claims the school failed to help the struggling young woman, but took steps to assist her assailant. Filed Friday in Norfolk Circuit Court by attorney Jonathan Halperin, the suit seeks $10 million in damages.

    The victim has dropped out of school since the 2012 attack. The assailant is now at a new college. It's unclear whether that school knew of the Virginia Wesleyan case.

    More at link;

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/virginia-wesleyan-rape_n_5940404.html

    May this girls lawsuit prevail.
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  20. White Tara Global Moderator

    http://www.news.com.au/world/lawsui...rican-frat-house/story-fndir2ev-1227112397339

    A LAWSUIT against a university fraternity in the United States has unearthed the brotherhood’s sickening pro-rape culture, which allegedly led to at least two sexual assaults.
    Court documents submitted in the case against Phi Kappa Tau at Georgia Tech University include an email from one frat boy to his peers, encouraging them to attend a rape victim support vigil to prey on the vulnerable women there.
    “If you have nothing to do tomorrow evening, here is a chance to find and meet former rape baits,” the PKT member said in an email, adding that brothers should invite the “rape baits” to an upcoming party at the frat house.
    That term — “rape bait” — was used with depraved abandon at the Phi Kappa Tau dormitory. The group attracted global attention last year when another email leaked, revealing the group’s seven steps for luring “rape bait”: “Encounter, Engage, Escalate, Erection, Excavate, Ejaculate, Expunge.”
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    http://www.news.com.au/world/lawsui...rican-frat-house/story-fndir2ev-1227112397339
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  21. Anonymous Member

    So typical, nowadays, that a story of this magnitude, about these kinds of events in the USA, comes to us via Australian Media.
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  23. Anonymous Member

    Perhaps I posted too soon...

    Newsweek to Crowdfund Investigation Into College Rape

    http://www.newsweek.com/newsweek-crowdfund-investigation-college-rape-282479

    By Elijah Wolfson

    Filed: 11/5/14 at 1:06 PM | Updated: 11/5/14 at 2:43 PM

    Beginning this week, Newsweek will be working with writer and editor Mandy Van Deven and the crowdfunding platform Beacon to raise money in support of a deep investigation into one of the most important stories of today: sexual assault on college campuses across the United States.

    Van Deven’s project is called “Understanding the College Rape Crisis,” and information can be found on the Beacon website. Funding the project doesn’t just mean paying for one magazine story to be written; Van Deven will be using the funds raised to spend months embedding within college campuses; interviewing students, schools administrators, sexual assault experts and more; and publishing regular updates on her findings, as well as intermittent in-depth reports and other features.

    At Newsweek, we are excited about and seek out new models of journalism, particularly those that encourage greater transparency in all stages of the reporting and publication process. We understand that crowdfunding is not the end-all solution to the financial challenges faced by many publishers and journalists. However, we do believe that it can help provide a greater level of journalistic freedom in certain difficult-to-finance projects where editorial mission and public interest align.

    [More at the link...]
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  24. White Tara Global Moderator

    I hope they get the funding, it should prove very revealing.
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  28. Hugh Bris Member

    Since the new rules from the Govt tell colleges to ignore the rule of law, the 'yes means yes' laws will be a boon for trial lawyers and a horror for those accused.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...icy-changed/HZ72eaMcLgRgoq4DL9ZBOO/story.html
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  30. Hugh Bris Member

    Why, yes, you are exactly right, that is the point the Harvard law profs were making. Yet our government is the one behind the Dear Colleague letter than many point to as the reason for the kangaroo courts used by colleges.

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