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Sexual Assault Under-Reported on U.S. College Campuses: Study

"Some U.S. universities and colleges appear to be under-reporting sexual assaults on their campuses, a new study concludes.

Researchers looked at data about on-campus sexual assaults reported by 31 large private and public universities and colleges during audits by the federal government. During the audits, the number of reported sexual assaults rose an average of 44 percent compared to previously reported figures.

Colleges Are Downplaying Sexual Assault Numbers, New Report Finds

"A new study published by the American Psychological Association finds that many colleges and universities are underreporting sexual assault cases on campus. Many of the schools had previously been cited by the U.S. Department of Education for underreporting, and some of them even heavily fined, which has apparently done nothing to make them more honest.

Documentary The Hunting Ground exposes campus sexual assaults

"'The problem of sexual assault on campuses is enormous.' (Young woman #1)

'I think it's fair to say that they (universities) cover these crimes up. There's a lot of victim blaming.' (Young woman #2)

These two lines are from a new US documentary, The Hunting Ground, which examines the prevalence of sexual assaults on campuses and allegations that colleges cover up the assaults.

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Study: Colleges Go Back To Under-Reporting Sexual Assaults After The Feds Leave

"A new study reveals that sexual assaults reported by colleges and universities tend to increase while under review, but as soon as the U.S. Department of Education finishes their investigations, the reports of sexual assault in annual crime statistics tend to drop sharply to pre-audit levels. This trend was specific to sexual assault cases and not for other types of serious crimes on campus."

Sweeping Campus Rape Reports Under the Rug

"There’s new evidence to suggest that college administrations are actively—and artificially—keeping campus rape numbers low. A study from the University of Kansas, published recently in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, found that when post-secondary schools are being audited for Clery Act violations—i.e. failure to report to the federal government the number of sexual assaults taking place on campus—the number of rape reports rose by 44 percent from pre-audit numbers."

Colleges Underreport Sexual Assaults, Even After They’re Fined, Study Concludes

"Mr. Yung analyzed the numbers of on-campus sexual assaults reported by 31 large colleges and universities (each with more than 10,000 students) during U.S. Department of Education audits conducted from 2001 to 2012. While the universities were being scrutinized, assault reports jumped by an average of 44 percent. But once the audits were over, the numbers fell back to pre-audit levels. That was true even when universities were fined for noncompliance.​"

US supreme court won't stop Alabama's first same-sex marriages

"Same-sex couples in Alabama were flocking to the state’s courthouses, where some were able to apply for marriage licenses while others were turned away by probate judges refusing to follow a higher court’s ruling to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

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Richard Levy, a constitutional law professor at the University of Kansas, told The Guardian that it will likely be some time before all probate judges have to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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