1 is 2 MANY. Forward this PSA, which comes with the still-numbing statistics about sexual assault against girls and women: 1 in 5 college women will be sexually assaulted in college. 1 in 9 teenage girls will be forced to have sex. 1 in 10 teenage girls will be physically hurt, on purpose, by someone they are dating.
This White House PSA comes out at the same time that 55 colleges were named in a federal inquiry into their mishandling of sexual assault cases. These schools include Ivies (Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton), as well as schools closer to home (UChicago, UMichigan, Vanderbilt and IndianaU).
The government is investigating civil rights violations of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
Tufts University was singled out by the Education Department, saying the Boston college had failed to comply with federal law by allowing a “sexually hostile environment to persist,” according to an article on the case, sadly buried in today’s Times.
The march on civil rights had taken one step forward this week with the NBA’s Donald Sterling decision, but clearly colleges are taking it two steps back.