Sexual assault on campus has been the subject of scandals at UNC and other universities in recent years — and on Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a task force to tackle the national issue head-on.
“I think that conviction and that passion brings us all here today — because this is not an abstract problem that goes on in other families or other communities,” he said in a speech to the White House Council of Women and Girls. “Even now, it’s not always talked about enough. It can still go on in the shadows. But it affects every one of us.”
Campuses’ handling of sexual assault is subject to intersecting federal laws and policies, including Title IX, which protects students from discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, and the Clery Act, which provides standard policies for colleges and universities to report crime statistics.
Assault on campus
1 in 5 college women have been sexually assaulted
7 percent of college men admitted to rape or attempted rape
12 percent of college victims report assault to police
The task force’s aim will be to promote cooperation between the agencies that enforce these polices, and develop a coordinated federal response to campus sexual assault and rape.
One in five young women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to a report released Wednesday by the council.