Top US Colleges Investigated in Handling of Sex Assault Claims

Feds eyeing 55 schools for how they treat sexual assault and harassment complaints.
2:14 | 05/02/14

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We're going to turn to a crisis at some of America's top colleges. 55 schools, including elite universities like Harvard and U.C. Berkeley, are now being investigated for mishandling sexual assault and harassment complaints. And ABC's Paula Faris is here with all those details for us. Good morning, Paula. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This news, students across the country are preparing to make one of the biggest decisions of their future, which college or university to attend. This morning, college campuses across the country are under pressure. I expected my university to support me. Not to blame me. Reporter: Named in the report, private and public universities who receive federal funding. And some of the most prestigious. Like Harvard, Michigan, Ohio state, southern methodist and Cal Berkeley. We reached out to many on the list. And they told us they have zero tolerance of sexual assault, take allegations very seriously and are fully complying with the investigation. This announcement, coming on the heels of a white house report stating that as many as one in five female college students are assaulted. It does not matter if she initially said yes and changed her mind and said no. No means no. It's a crime. It's wrong. Reporter: These celebrity-filled public service announcements, part of a major push by the Obama administration, to change the process for sexual assault survivors that they would go through after attacked. There's not much resources beyond basic reporting and sometimes counseling. I challenge every college and university, if they are really serious about protecting students, to conduct anonymous surveys. Reporter: The vice president, Tuesday, revealing that only 13% of college victims report their assault to law enforcement or local police. A sobering statistic that gets a failing grade. Now, there are sexual assault prevention programs around the country that teach students to intervene when they see potential for a bad situation. It involves turning on the lights, turning off the music, spilling a drink on the aggressor and pulling that female away from the aggressor. Again, don't just be a bystander. All great suggestions, Paula. Thanks so much.

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