It’s a staggering number that nobody wants to talk about. Between 80 and 95% of the women who are victims of sexual assault are raped when they’re at school or on college campuses, don’t report it. Our young women need to feel comfortable coming out of the shadows to talk about these sort of things when they happen. Frankly, the attackers (people) that are, you know, perpetrating this sort of activity in the colleges and universities that enable them, they should be cowering in fear. The fact is, the laws are there that can help address this sort of situation where a young college student has been sexually assaulted or raped on campus.
Federal Law – Title IX
There’s a federal law called Title IX, which imposes a duty on universities to have systems, policies, procedures, in place to help prevent sexual assaults and rapes from occurring on campus and, which imposes a duty on those schools that if both sorts of incidents do occur, that they respond immediately, effectively and appropriately in addressing the situation. So for example, you know, there have been instances where a college or university was unnoticed that a male student had acted inappropriately toward a female some point earlier in his career and then later, you know, he takes advantage of a woman or two down the line and there’s a sexual assault or rape allegation. The university didn’t do its job In addressing the first situation and it can be civilly liable under Title IX for the harms and losses that this young woman has suffered as a result of its negligence.
University’s Liability in Sexual Assault or Rape Incidents
Even in situations where a university wasn’t on prior notice that a particular male employee or student was dangerous, the university can still be liable for a sexual assault or rape incident, or if they didn’t respond effectively and immediately when they learned of the incident. There are a long list of tales where universities and colleges have not responded or not investigated or not investigated thoroughly enough, allegations against some of its male students. And in those scenarios as well, the universities and colleges can be held responsible for the underlying incident. Title IX only applies to universities and colleges that receive federal funding, but, the overwhelming majority of universities and colleges, certainly the larger ones, do receive some sort of federal funding and are governed by Title IX.