The Source: Sexual Assaults On Campus Brought To Fore

May 7, 2014

An estimated one in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses across the country, according to Vice President Joe Biden and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. While the numbers themselves have been questioned, the issue of campus sexual assault is a real one claiming too many victims. 

The Department of Education announced investigations into how over 50 academic institutions handle sexual assault allegations, including some top-tier schools like Harvard and Dartmouth. Here in Texas, UT-Pan America and Southern Methodist University made the list. 

Rape on campus and how universities deal with it are in the spotlight. Are we doing enough to protect our students? Some worry the push may roll over the rights of the accused. Are universities taking it seriously?

Guests:

  • Sheryl Tynes, associate vice president for academic affairs at Trinity University 
  • Mia Ferguson, student and advocate for End Rape on Campus, a group that provides free, direct support to campus activists to hold universities accountable for how they handle sexual assault. She is also the lead complainant in a Title IX proceeding against Swarthmore College.

*This is the first segment in the May 7 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.