Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

White House outlines efforts to combat campus sexual assaults

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a celebrity public service announcement, a new website — notalone.gov — and a series of recommendations aimed at lowering the rate of sexual assaults on college campuses.

At a White House event, Vice President Joe Biden said officials at colleges and universities, even if they fear their schools' reputations may be damaged, "can no longer turn a blind eye and pretend rape and sexual assault don't occur on their campuses."

The first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault estimates that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, most often in their freshman or sophomore years. In the majority of cases, it's by someone the woman knows.

Biden, who was introduced by a woman who was assaulted at Harvard, said only 13 percent of women attacked report the crime to their schools.

"They fear they'll be shamed. They're embarrassed," he said. "Or scared they won't be safe on campus with their attacker roaming around or maybe sitting in the same history class."

The steps include identifying the scope of the problem on individual college campuses, helping prevent assaults, helping schools respond effectively and making the federal government's enforcement efforts more transparent.

The recommendations were put forward after three months of 27 sessions with more than 2,000 people who made suggestions. The administration plans to hold more listening sessions and revise the report.

The website will make enforcement data public and make other resources accessible to students and schools.

The administration also wants to bring men into the equation. It released public service announcements featuring President Barack Obama and Biden; actors Daniel Craig, Steve Carell and Dule Hill; TV talk show host Seth Meyers; and director Benicio Del Toro.

The announcements encourage men to speak up and step in if they see someone in danger of being sexually assaulted.

White House outlines efforts to combat campus sexual assaults 04/29/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Fennelly: About time Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    It's Andy's time.

    And it's about time.

    Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been eligible since 2009, a ridiculously long wait for someone who scored 640 goals, including a record 274 on the power play.

    LEFT: Dave Andreychuk talks at the podium as he is honored with a statue in front of the now-Amalie Arena.
  2. British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests

    World

    LONDON — Britain on Monday confronted a rapidly growing fire safety crisis after tests of the exterior cladding on dozens of public housing towers revealed a 100 percent failure rate, raising fears that this month's deadly inferno in London could be repeated elsewhere.

    Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France, in 1973. A Spanish judge on Monday June 26, 2017, has ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed following a paternity suit by a woman named by Europa Press agency as Pilar Abel, 61 from the nearby city of Girona. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres. [Associated Press]
  3. Man convicted of second-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe, his girlfriend's daughter

    Nation

    BOSTON — A man was convicted Monday of murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island.

    Michael McCarthy’s friend Michael Sprinsky, far left, gets a hug from sister Laura Sprinsky after McCarthy is found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Bella Bond, who became known as Baby Doe.
  4. Rays make Hechavarria trade official

    Blogs

    Here is the release from the team ...

     

  5. Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

    Lightning Strikes

    Marty St. Louis may lack the Hall of Fame stats, but two scoring titles, an MVP award and clutch goals should count for a lot. (Dirk Shadd, Times)