Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clery Act":

"… university. The U.S. Department of Education also maintains a database of Clery Act statistics provided by schools: http://ope.ed.gov/security/ Compa …"

"… ometimes the numbers are different and those differences are red flags for Clery Act violations. Collect numbers for sexual assaults from on-campus and of …"

"… counseling centers for the last three years. Compare those numbers to Clery Act statistics submitted to the Education Department, as well as those publish …"

"… as those published in the annual campus security report. Find out how Clery Act crime data is collected around campus. Compare the school’s collecti …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence Against Women Act":

"… t combating campus sexual violence, as part of a bipartisan renewal of the Violence Against Women Act: the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, known as Campus SaVE, which w …"

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… chools respond more effectively to student allegations; and beefing up the federal government’s own enforcement efforts. “Colleges and universities need to face th …"

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rape":

"… that one in five women have become a victim while in college. Entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” the 38-page report detail …"

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… said. Pingree said her bill, which passed the House and is pending in the Senate, is needed because of the difficulty she’s seen when victims try to prov …"

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… number of reported assaults and blunt, quick condemnation from members of Congress and President Obama. The tempest was stirred primarily by the Defense Dep …"

"… case. As a result of Congressional furor over a similar case, Hagel urged Congress last month to eliminate a commander's power to overturn a court martial, e …"

"… s in sentences. He reiterated at his news conference Tuesday that he wants Congress to act on his recommendations. …"

New sexual assault trouble in the Air Force

By Richard H.P. Sia

An officer responsible for stopping AF sexual assaults is accused of that offense

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. military":

"… ns of young female recruits and airmen in what has been called the biggest U.S. military sexual assault scandal in years. At a House hearing in January, Air Force …"

Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss

Human Rights Watch investigates how minors, even for innocuous offenses, can end up on sex-offender registries for life.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… trigger registration requirements for children began proliferating in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They subject youth offenders to reg …"

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault.

Excerpts from this story referencing "NPR":

"… llegations.   In 2009 and 2010, the Center – in collaboration with NPR – did a series of investigative pieces entitled “Sexual Assault on Cam …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Laura Dunn":

"… pass that legislation in its existing form —and that’s what happened. Laura Dunn, whose case was featured in the Center series, spoke at the Pelosi event a …"

Notre Dame case highlights complexities of campus sexual assault investigations

By Kristen Lombardi

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

Excerpts from this story referencing "Laura Dunn":

"… f a school’s highest-profile programs.It all feels painfully familiar to Laura Dunn, whose case was featured in the Center series; in 2005, she reported her a …"

Justice Department launches probe into sexual assault at the University of Montana

By Gordon Witkin

Inquiry will look at handling of sexual assault cases at University of Montana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Education":

"… ts against women in Missoula. The department will also coordinate with the Department of Education on a related sexual harassment complaint against members of the UM footbal …"

FACT CHECK: Biden inflates Michigan crime figures

By FactCheck.Org

On a U.S. tour promoting the American Jobs Act, Biden bungles a few statistics on crime, sexual assualt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Uniform Crime Reports":

"… and that rapes have tripled. He’s badly wrong on all counts. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports for those years show that the number of reported rapes declined from  …"

"… he city didn’t explain that.The FBI gets its data from the city, because Uniform Crime Reports are voluntary and self reporting. If there was a mistake on the rape …"

GAO says Pentagon IG is still adrift on investigating sexual assaults

By Evan Bush

GAO says the Pentagon isn't making progress on its sexual assault responsibility

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector":

"… acterization that the DoD IG has not performed its responsibilities," said Inspector General Gordon Heddell in a statement emailed to iWatch News. "We've addre …"

"… addressing this issue."In a letter to the accountability office, Assistant Inspector General John Crane said the IG did not need to create policies specificall …"

Reed College still struggling with campus sexual assault policies

By Lee van der Voo

Reed College, an elite Oregon school, is struggling to put the the debate over campus sexual assault policies to rest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Isabel Manley":

"… the committee’s findings, following the public resignation of a student Isabel Manley from the Judicial Board Feb. 11. Manley’s criticism of the Reed’s effo …"

IMPACT: Official calls mishandling of sexual assault cases 'staggering'

By Sarah Favot

Official blames colleges for 'misplaced sense of values and priorities'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Biden":

"… is staggering,” said Duncan in an April 4 appearance with Vice President Joe Biden at the University of New Hampshire.The Education Department, meanwhile, is …"

Portland college students demand changes in sexual assault process

By Lee van der Voo

Students at Portland's Reed College demand changes to the school's approach to sexual assault allegations.

Biden, Duncan highlight new federal guidance on campus sex assault probes

By Kristen Lombardi

Obama administration hopes new policies will address problems raised by Center series.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Biden":

"… wn for its proactive approach to combating sexual violence, Vice-President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the first-ever explicit feder …"

Center collaboration with NPR wins Peabody Award

A Center for Public Integrity collaboration with NPR was recognized with a Peabody award for NPR

Excerpts from this story referencing "NPR":

"… ce with federal law.  …"

"… c Integrity collaboration with NPR was recognized with a Peabody award for NPR today for the series, “Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes.” The Center w …"

"… ject and provided many of the interview contacts, as well as the data, for NPR’s coverage of this important issue.“NPR is highly deserving of this ho …"

"… acts, as well as the data, for NPR’s coverage of this important issue.“NPR is highly deserving of this honor,” said the Center’s Executive Direct …"

The Center’s impact in 2010

By Bill Buzenberg

The true value of an investigative story is not measured in Web hits, media partners or awards – it’s whether our reports help improve the w

Education Department touts settlement as ‘model’ for campus sex assault policies

By Kristen Lombardi

The U.S. Department of Education says two recent settlements will serve as a new model for how colleges, universities, and the department de

Center's campus assault series part of Congressional hearing record

By Caitlin Ginley

The Center for Public Integrity’s Sexual Assault on Campus became part of the official record of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing tod

Continuing impact from Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And as commemorating events get underway nationwide, the Center for Public Integrity’s recent proje

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clery Act":

"… rculating a draft of proposed amendments to two federal laws, known as the Clery Act and Title IX, which require schools to respond to claims of sexual assault …"

'Undetected rapists' on campus: A troubling plague of repeat offenders

By Jennifer Peebles and Kristen Lombardi

A chilling case of sexual assault at Texas A&M

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prosecutor":

"… ly try me on, to get me as much time [in prison] as they could,” he said.Prosecutors held on to the charge regarding the assault of the restaurant co-worker a …"

Lax enforcement of Title IX in campus sexual assault cases

By Kristin Jones

Feeble watchdog leaves students at risk, critics say

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Colorado":

"… alleged victims have resulted in huge settlements. In December 2007, the University of Colorado paid $2.85 million to settle a high-profile lawsuit filed by two students …"

A lack of consequences for sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

Students found “responsible” for sexual assault face modest penalties, while victims are traumatized

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bowdoin Sexual Assault and Misconduct Board":

"… ayer in her dorm after an alcohol-soaked party. Two months later, the Bowdoin Sexual Assault and Misconduct Board deemed the student responsible for “the charge of Sexual Assault, …"

An uncommon outcome at Holy Cross

By Kristin Jones

Expulsion rarely results from college disciplinary actions in sexual assault cases, making the Holy Cross case a notable exception.

A curious anomaly at UC Davis

By Kristin Jones

Our nine-month investigation into sexual assault on campus has made one thing clear: the federal records on campus sex offenses fail to capt

Barriers Curb Reporting on Campus Sexual Assault

By Kristin Jones

Barriers Curb Reporting on Campus Sexual Assault

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sexual assault":

"… erviewed 33 women who reported being sexually assaulted by other students. Sexual assault includes not only rape, but also a variety of sexual offenses. Crisis cou …"

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