UNC has not been alone in facing criticism for its treatment of sexual assault survivors — a U.S. Senate report released last week found widespread deficiencies in nearly every stage of campuses’ handling of sexual assault.
Donna Greco, a supervisor at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, said the report validates what advocates have learned from the field.
“(There’s) just this need for more support on the campuses to really better understand the climate of sexual violence and to make sure survivors have access to support and resources,” she said.
UNC convened a task force in May 2013 to draft a new, comprehensive policy for the University’s handling of sexual assault.
Sarah-Kathryn Bryan, the student representative for UNC’s sexual assault task force, said the report’s findings would have been useful had it been published a year ago.
The report surveyed 440 colleges and universities, and its findings include the failure to encourage reporting occurrences of sexual violence, inadequate support for survivors and the lack of prevention and awareness trainings for faculty and students.
Bryan said it is possible but unlikely for the report to affect UNC’s new sexual assault policy.