Virginia's Plan to Crack Down on Campus Rape Could Backfire
Virginia legislators, certain that schools are ill-equipped to handle sexual violence on their own, will propose a law next month that would require state schools to report all sexual assault cases to local law enforcement. If colleges are forced to work with police, a group of nine state lawmakers reason, they won’t get to sweep sexual violence under the rug. Yet new data that delve into why college students often don't report rape suggests the plan could backfire, making the aftermath of an assault even more dangerous for survivors and adding a barrier to reporting rape.
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