Yale Student: School Didn't Keep Me Safe

"There is this culture at Yale where they're above the law and untouchable, and I don't know why Harvard and other schools are better about this," Wolf said.

Wolf's story inspired a lengthy piece in the Yale alumni magazine, which prompted the complaint by the watchdog group Security on Campus.

"They claimed that they were the safest in the Ivy League, and one of the reasons is that they weren't collecting all the info that they should have," said Daniel Carter, senior vice president of Security on Campus.

Should Colleges Be Held Accountable?

In recent years, more students nationwide are taking their cases to court.

"More students are coming out and realizing that maybe there is a reason to hold colleges accountable," said Amanda Farahany, an attorney whose firm specializes in representing victims of sexual assault on campus.

Most of these cases are successful and are settled out of court by publicity-shy universities, Farahany said.

"It depends on the jury, and it depends on the facts of the case," she said. "If it's a typical date rape scenario, then they might not side with the plaintiff. But if it's a situation where the school knows about someone with prior incidents, we are seeing that juries want to hold the schools accountable."

According to some studies, less than 5 percent of victims of campus sexual assault report those crimes to law enforcement, although that is slowly changing. From 2003 to 2005, the number of such incidents on campus increased slightly, from 2,615 in 2003 to 2,697 in 2005, but experts believe most of that that increase can be attributed to a greater willingness to report such incidents, said Security on Campus' Carter.

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