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McCaskill Releases Scathing Campus Sex Assault Survey

WASHINGTON, DC — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill released the results on Wednesday of her national survey on campus sexual assaults. McCaskill says the results must serve as a “wakeup call” to the nation’s institutions of higher learning. The Senator says the massive survey of 440 colleges and universities demonstrates a disturbing failure by many institutions […]

McCaskill Releases Scathing Campus Sex Assault Survey

WASHINGTON, DC — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill released the results on Wednesday of her national survey on campus sexual assaults.

McCaskill says the results must serve as a “wakeup call” to the nation’s institutions of higher learning. The Senator says the massive survey of 440 colleges and universities demonstrates a disturbing failure by many institutions to comply with the law and criticizes how they handle sexual violence against students.

Among the findings, the survey revealed that despite federal law requiring every institution that knows, or should have known about an alleged sexual assault, to conduct an investigation, 41 percent of schools had not conducted a single investigation in the past five years.

Some institutions reported as many as seven times more incidents of sexual violence than were investigated.

The survey also showed that 21 percent of institutions provide no sexual assault response training for members of its faculty and staff and 73 percent of institutions have no protocols on how the institution and law enforcement work together to respond to such violence.

Senator McCaskill says, “If we’re going to turn the tide against sexual violence, survivors must be protected, empowered, and given the confidence that if they make the difficult choice to report a crime, they will be treated with respect and taken seriously.”

McCaskill added, “This means we need institutions across the country to recognize sexual violence for what it is—a crime—and work to prevent it and effectively address it when it does occur.”

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