Yale Battles Historic Levels of ‘Sexual Assault’ with Campus Programs Including ‘Bystander Intervention’

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Sexual assault hits a historic high at Yale University. The Ivy League school came under federal investigation in 2011 after 15 students filed a complaint alleging the university is a “hostile sexual environment” and failed to deal with the incidents of sexual harassment. The group of students used a video of an alleged Yale University fraternity pledges holding a sign that read “We love Yale sluts” and chanting “No Means Yes” on campus. Money doesn’t make one a better person, considering the tuition costs around $50,000 yearly.

In 2011, the Advisory Committee on Campus Climate was formed following reports that some Yale fraternity members had chanted, “No means yes,” on campus. Yale had already been under federal investigation for allegedly under-reporting campus crime as early as 2004. The U.S. Department of Education‘s Office for Civil Rights began another investigation after the frat incident.

Last year, the Sexual Literacy Forum, a student-facilitated discussion group at Yale, was born. Fifty students signed up to participate in this year’s 12 workshops as a continuing curriculum, aimed at giving students a safe place to ask questions without fear or shame. Among the topics are safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases and self-pleasure, according to co-director Paulina Haduong, a senior studying linguistics.

“The more people talk about these things, the better the sexual climate on campus,” Haduong said.

At Yale, women’s groups and some students say that the university’s climate has improved but that more work is needed.

“Although my sense is that women tend to feel safe on campus and have increased confidence in the university’s handling of sexual assault reports, the problem of campus sexual assault at Yale is significant and troubling,” said Suzanna Fritzberg, public relations coordinator for The Yale Women’s Center. “The Yale administration has made a concerted effort to take campus sexual assault seriously.” Source

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