(From left to right) Valerie P. Foushee, Graig Meyer and Verla Insko speak to the audience at Orange County's Democratic Party's election party at Might as Well in Chapel Hill in November 2018. 

Column: Addressing campus sexual assault

Graig Meyer, the state representative for House District 50 covering portions of Orange and Durham counties, discusses campus sexual assault.


Sexual Assault

In December 2012, two UNC female victims of sexual assault spoke up about what they said was a deeply rooted problem with the University’s handling of sexual misconduct — one that they said was inappropriate, time-consuming and traumatic. Those allegations drove three current students, one former student and one former administrator to file a complaint against the University with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that UNC facilitated a hostile environment for victims reporting sexual assault. 

To help bring the University into compliance with the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter, the University has also hired Ew Quimbaya-Winship to serve as UNC’s Deputy Title IX Officer, or student complaint coordinator, starting March 11, 2013.

The University's Sexual Assault Task Force convenes for the first time in May 2013 to address changing the University's misconduct policies related to sexual assault.

On Aug. 28, 2014, the University released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

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DTH Photo Illustration. A woman sits in an alley, alone, while a man on his phone walks by paying no attention to her.

The underreported trend of sexual assault during study abroad programs

While sexual assault on campus has become part of public discourse in recent years, sexual assault while studying abroad has not. An issue that impacts the lives of UNC and other college students goes largely unreported and unacknowledged due to language barriers, lack of available resources and other isolating factors of the abroad experience.


DTH Photo Illustration. A 2019 study released by SeekingArrangement, a website that connects Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies, claimed 514 UNC students were using its services. The study named the University as the 18th fastest growing campus for sugar baby enrollment.

514 UNC students are on SeekingArrangement. Who's behind the number?

College students in the United States make up over 12.5 percent of the sugar babies on SeekingArrangement, a website for matching sugar babies with sugar daddies or mommas. Anna, a UNC graduate, is a sugar baby, and she makes $144,000 annually from sugaring with three sugar daddies. “I focus on long term relationships so I don’t have to worry about where my next paycheck is coming from,” Anna said. “I get a level of trust and emotional connection. I find it more enjoyable.” 


Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Camarati for Go Heels. 

How Lindsey Lemke and the sister survivors overcame 30 years of abuse

“The tears, sadness, pain, guilt, frustrations, depression, anxiety, sleepless nights —  it was all so worth it in that moment,” Lemke said. “Being courageous and coming out with my story was so tough for many different reasons that many others didn’t really have to worry about since I was a current MSU athlete at the time.”  Read about Lindsey Lemke's journey through the corruption of the gymnastics world, from Michigan to Chapel Hill to a courtroom testifying against Larry Nassar.