Campus crime is getting a lot of media attention lately, as law enforcement officials, victims’ rights organizations and others criticize schools (and the agencies responsible for overseeing them) with not doing enough to help victims—or prevent them from becoming victims in the first place.
A top official from the U.S. Department of Education testified before a Senate committee recently and admitted that some schools are failing students by not responding to sexual assaults promptly and adequately.
The Dept. of Ed is working on proposed regulations that would expand the responsibilities of colleges when it comes to reporting assaults and other sexual crimes, such as stalking and dating violence.
While some universities are making a dedicated effort to improve the way they handle sexual assaults and other crimes involving students, there is still a long way to go. Most experts and law enforcement officials would agree that there’s a serious problem—many would call it a crisis—when it comes to campus crime.
Ideally of course campuses should come up with solutions to make the campus and surrounding areas safer, thereby helping to prevent crimes from occurring in the first place. But when crimes do happen, the colleges need to have policies and resources in place to assist victims quickly, and to the fullest extent possible.
One major way to help victims is to provide them with the legal protections and advocacy that can help them navigate the court system and get the justice they deserve. That’s where we at The Law Office of Sara Powell try to do our part, by supporting and advocating on behalf of victims of campus crime and any type of assault or other violent crime.
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