Many Campus Assault Victims Stay Quiet, or Fail to Get Help

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The Center for Public Integrity concluded in its report that "students found 'responsible' for alleged sexual assaults on campuses often face little or no punishment," and victims who do report these crimes run into "barriers" -- from counselors worried about privacy to universities concerned about their public image.

Mother and daughter reported the incident to the resident adviser and then to the dean but received little in the way of a response, according to McGrath.

"The dean offered her no accommodations. [My daughter] left her math final crying. She couldn't sit and take it," McGrath said.

According to court documents, McGrath claimed her daughter tried to meet with the president of the college as well, but they are still waiting for a response to their request

Shortly after the alleged assault, Wright fell into a deep depression.

Megan Wright Committed Suicide After Alleged Attack

Terrified that her attackers were still roaming free on campus, Wright dropped out of Dominican that fall. Then, in December 2006, Wright told her mother she was going to her room to take a nap, and later McGrath found her daughter dead with a plastic bag over her head.

"I put my hand on something really warm, and it was a plastic bag, and it was her head in the plastic bag," McGrath said through tears. "I started trying to give her mouth to mouth, and I kept trying to get her to wake up and I kept telling her, 'Don't go.'"

McGrath said that after her daughter's suicide, the college never sent condolences, or even sent a representative to her funeral.

Dominican College provided a statement to "Nightline" through its lawyer, saying that campus officials did conduct their own investigation immediately after Wright reported the incident. They said they gave Wright contacts for counseling services and offer ed her an opportunity to delay her final exams.

The college also said that while it was deeply saddened by Wright's death, it believes the court will find it acted appropriately.

Rape and Sexual Assault Resources -- Steps to Take

If you are a college student and you believe you have been a victim of rape on campus, tell someone immediately.

Contact your local rape crisis center, victim advocacy legal organization or rape hotline to find out about your school's procedures. Often these organizations can be found through your campus police department or health services. You should also go to the hospital or local health clinic and have a rape kit, through which physical evidence is gathered, performed.

Title IX of the Civil Rights Act grants the right to equal access to education. If you believe your school has violated Title IX, or has failed to offer "an equitable policy on sexual assault prevention and response," you can file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

Parents Should Talk to Their Kids

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported in 2009 that alcohol is a contributing factor in 97,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year.

For parents who want to talk to their kids about excessive drinking, or for students who want to educate themselves on the dangers, the institute offers a comprehensive guide.

--ABC News' Lauren Effron contributed to this report.

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