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Public Affairs Entry: Smart Talk - Sexual assaults on college campuses

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 10, 2015 9:15 AM

The numbers are alarming. 

A report from the White House Council on Women and Girls  found one in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses, but only one in eight students report it.

In response, President Obama appointed a task force to make recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to report of crime, increase public awareness of each school's track record, and enhance coordination among federal agencies to hold schools accountable if they don't confront the problem.

The report suggested most sexual assaults are occurring at parties and are often precipitated by drinking or drug use. 

Sometimes, victims are incapacitated.  Most of the time, victims know the person who assaults them.

Many victims feel like their reports are not taken seriously or investigated properly. 

The February 11, 2014 installment of Smart Talk features an examination of sexual assaults on college campuses and what is being done to fight it.

Appearing on the program are Kristen Houser of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; Melissa Skolnick, who was sexually assaulted on a Pennsylvania campus and who now is active in educating the public; and Alison Kiss and Abigail Boyer of the Clery Center for Security on Campus.

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