Activists Demand Colleges Take Rape Seriously

by Anila Alexander

Sexual assaults on college campuses have been an ongoing problem in the United States, and victims and activists are finally pushing back against their administrators’ ineffective methods of handling the issue.

Activists from 50 schools are lobbying college and university administrations to take sexual assault cases seriously. Students across the nation are reaching out to each other, hoping presenting a unified front will force administrators to take the problem seriously.

Around 300 students, faculty and alumni have banded together to form ‘Know Your IX,’ whose main aim is to enlighten college students of his or her rights under Title IX, the federal law that is against  sex-based discrimination in education.

“Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX,” reads part of a letter that United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights sent to all colleges in 2011

As the issue gains more traction, VITAMIN W takes a look at some prominent sex assault cases on college campuses in 2011 to 2013.