President Barack Obama announced today the creation of a task force to combat campus sexual assault and released a report that declares "no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women."
"We want to make sure administrations can't keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is."
The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires colleges to eliminate gender-based discrimination.
"I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime."
After hours of debate, the Senate failed to vote yesterday on the Military Justice Improvement Act.
According to the report, the VA scrutinizes claims made by sexual assault victims more intently, even when they provide the kind of documentation their counterparts are not required to.
MJIA attempts to erase the systemic obstacles that victims of sexual assault in the military face due to the "clear bias and inherent conflicts of interest posed by the military chain of command's current sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to a trial."
The sexual misconduct training will be offered through different platforms, including fraternities and sororities, dormitories, freshman level courses, and potentially the Internet.
The program, dubbed Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP), will reach 300 to 600 of this fall's incoming freshman students.