Campuses aren’t safe. Are universities doing enough?

In January 2015, a young woman was sexually assaulted while unconscious behind a dumpster on the campus of Stanford University. The victim was visiting campus to attend a fraternity party.

Last week, the perpetrator, Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation. The lenient sentencing of the star athlete has provoked public outrage – on the Stanford campus and nationwide.

An analysis published June 7 by The Washington Post shows that nearly 100 colleges and universities reported at least 10 cases of rape on their campuses in 2014.

Scholars writing for The Conversation have been pointing to the enormous risks students face on campus. They have raised questions about whether universities are doing enough to protect students.

Students at risk

Over 20 percent of all women students surveyed experienced unwanted sexual contactwhile attending college in 2015, wrote Georgia State University Professor of Law Andrea A. Curcio.

The most vulnerable time is the first two months of the freshman year. In fact, to symbolize the danger, the first few months of the fall freshman semester are now commonly called the sexual assault “red zone.”

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May 19, 2016

How Safe Will My Child Be On Your Campus?

Campus Security is an Important and Complex Issue for Schools, Parents, and Students Alike Campus safety ranks high among parents and students as an issue of concern. 75% of

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May 19, 2016

Push Grows For A ‘Scarlet Letter’ On Transcripts Of Campus Sexual Offenders

When it comes to punishing students for campus sexual assault, some say kicking offenders out of school isn’t enough. They want schools to put a permanent note on

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May 18, 2016

Taking Sexual Assault to Twitter

Frustrated with how colleges have handled their claims of sexual abuse, more students are turning to social media to publicize their cases. “This is my freshman year at Spelman

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May 17, 2016

Follow Security Tips to Stay Safe on Campus as an International Student

Although your college campus is most likely to feel like both the social hub and the safe space of your college experience, many college campuses are open and easily accessible

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May 15, 2016

Campus Police to start picketing over inadequate campus safety

Members of Western University’s Campus Community Police Service will be picketing near campus on Friday morning close to the entrance of Alumni Hall to protest low wages,

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May 8, 2016

This Woman Wants You to Ask Her School Why They’re Protecting Her Rapist

Madeline, a 22-year-old nursing student, started the movement to make her college accountable for protecting survivors of sexual assault following how, she says, it ineffectively

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May 5, 2016

GAVILAN COLLEGE IN GILROY CONSIDERS ARMING SECURITY GUARDS

GILROY, Calif. (KGO) Students and faculty at a normally quiet South Bay college are battling over whether to arm security guards on their 12,000 student campus. It took place on

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May 5, 2016

The Intersection of Stalking, Dating Violence, Assault and the Misuse of Technology

Every minute in the United States, 24 people become victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner, and a significant portion of these individuals attends

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May 4, 2016

What Does It Mean to be a Proactive Bystander?

Stopping sexual violence on campus is everyone’s responsibility. That’s why it’s so important for each and every person to be a proactive bystander. But what does that mean?

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