Assault Prevention on Your Campus

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Assault prevention programs on campus: What works, and what doesn't? Here is what two leading experts suggest.

A report on campus rape compiled by NPR in collaboration with journalists at the Center for Public Integrity concluded that:

  • Colleges almost never expel men who are found responsible for sexual assault
  • The US Department of Education has failed to monitor and regulate campus response to sexual assault, and has only fined colleges 6 times for violations of the Clery Act
  • Colleges are ill-equipped to handle cases of sexual assault

The report also notes that while colleges are rarely equipped to handle the judicial response to an assault, more institutions are investing in prevention measures. But few are doing it well. Dara Raboy-Picciano, who coordinates assault prevention programming at Binghamton University, and Monica Collins, who manages prevention programming at Colorado State University, draw attention to common approaches that are ineffective, and offer their advice on where colleges should be investing their resources in prevention programming.

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