Review: Jon Kraukauker’s Missoula: Rape and The Justice System in a College Town

Jon Krakauer is best known for his adventures-gone-bad books, Into the Wild and Into Thin Air. But more recently, he has taken on social issues in America—and, in his latest book, Krakauer turns his journalist skills to reporting and analyzing a story about alleged rapes at the University of...

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Can Technology Improve Students’ Safety?

In January 2014, President Barack Obama assembled a Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. In April 2014, the Task Force released a report that identified that one out of five women is sexually-assaulted during college, and pledged far-reaching awareness and enforcement efforts,...

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A Rape Case At University of Oregon Forces U.S. Department of Education To Clarify Students’ Privacy Rights

A year and half ago, a female student on the University of Oregon campus accused three varsity basketball players of raping her. It was days before the annual March Madness basketball tournament, and the team already had secured a seventh-seat in their bracket. The accusation and investigation...

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Campus Security Shooting Raises Questions About Training

Less than two minutes pass between when the campus security officer stops a motorist for failing to have a front license plate, and when the motorist—43-year old Samuel DeBose—is shot dead.

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What Campuses Should Know about Student Dating and Domestic Violence

According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic and dating violence includes intimidation, emotional abuse, threats, physical violence, and sexual violence. The abuse is part of a “systematic pattern” of behavior the abuser uses to have power over and control of...

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What to Know about Stalking on College Campuses

Like dating or domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). And like dating or domestic violence, it also occurs on college campuses, compelling us to learn more about the crime and be thorough and thoughtful in our responses.

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What the SaVE Act Requires Us to Know about Sexual Violence

Campus employees accustomed to responding to sexual violence offenses as isolated incidents will need to broaden their thinking, according to Dorian Van Horn, a Senior Consultant with SIGMA Threat Management Associates. What seems like a single act of sexual violence might be part of a larger...

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College Students Less Likely than Nonstudents to Use Victim Services

Women who are college students appear to be less likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than nonstudent women the same age, according to a 2014 U.S. Department of Justice report. The students, however, seem to be less likely to report the crime and access victim services if they are victimized.

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College Student Victim Responses to Sexual Violence

Victims of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault experience a wide variety of physical, emotional, and psychological responses. These victim responses have implications for the people in your institution who assist the victims, in addition to those who investigate...

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How Campuses Affect Student Safety and Sexual Violence Risks

Although college campuses are usually safe places to be, their characteristics, along with the nature of student life, affect student safety and sexual violence risks in ways that differ from other environments. To put it another way, campuses aren't necessarily safer or more dangerous than...
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