Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Pass a bill that would give more accurate data about the number of sexual assault cases on college campuses.
A bill that would punish universities for hiding sexual assault cases on their campuses has been introduces by two U.S. senators. In America, a woman that attends college is more likely to be sexually assaulted than a woman who does not. Unfortunately, several universities have seemed to be more preoccupied with their reputation than the safety of their students, many under-reporting the number of sexual assault and rape cases that occur on their campuses.
Many universities are turning these cases of sexual assault into a public relations issue, stripping the seriousness away from the crimes. Afraid of alarming the public with high rates of rape, these colleges are believed to report sexual assault cases under other names such as a “personal injuries.”
When campuses take the focus away from these crimes and victims, they are ignoring the safety of all of their students. By re-categorizing sexual assault cases or rape cases as another crime, the perpetrator is essentially relieved of some of the consequences and the victims are forgotten. Fake numbers released to public also give students and parents a false sense of security.
More needs to be done in order to protect college students. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill recently introduced a bill called the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which would obtain more accurate numbers about sexual assault and rape cases through student surveys. It would also increase the fine for an unreported sexual assault to $150,000.
This bill has received support from both parties, but more action needs to be taken in order for this it to become a federal law. Please urge President Obama to take action and ensure that victims of sexual assault are being properly taken care of by their college campuses, and that colleges will correctly report cases of sexual assault and rape to ensure the safety of future students. This issue does not deserve to be hidden any longer–please sign below.
Dear President Obama,
Universities across the country are trying to uphold their pristine reputations by under-reporting cases of sexual assault and rape that occur on their campuses. Their fake numbers give students and future students a distorted image of these colleges as well as a false sense of security.
Rape on college campuses is a serious issue. A woman in college is more likely to be raped than a woman who does not attend college. We need to hold colleges accountable for protecting their students by demanding that they give accurate numbers and do not diminish the seriousness of sexual assault or rape cases by listing them as other crimes.
A bipartisan bill has been introduced to Congress that would help obtain truthful numbers through student surveys. This new bill would also increase the fine for not reporting sexual assault cases to $150,000. While this bill has received support from both political parties, more needs to be done to make sure this becomes a federal law. Students across the country deserve protection and respect. Please take action and help make this bill a federal law.
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