Transcript for Campus Crisis: Sexual Assault on Campuses
We move on to the big headline about sexual assault on college campuses. We learned today that a staggering 55 universities are facing a federal investigation because of the way they respond to their students in a crisis of sexual assault. ABC's Paula Faris has the story. Reporter: Alcohol, loud music and late nights. Sexual assaults on campus doesn't always happen like that. It can happen anywhere at any time and the colleges may not be doing enough. Today the warning shot from the U.S. Department of education fired at those 55 colleges and universities that received federal funds being investigated for possibly mishandling sexual violence and harassment complaints from students. Among those on the list, Harvard, Michigan, Ohio state, southern methodist and Uc Berkley. Reporter: Students preparing to make one of the most important decisions, which college or university to attend. 25-year-old harm my says she was a victim of sexual assault on campus her freshman year. She wasn't at a party and no alcohol was involved. It was after classes that a friend of mine sexually assaulted me in his dorm room. I did fight him and said no multiple times. We have to do everything in our power to protect them. These are our children. These are our wives, our daughters, our sisters. These people are you. I am someone's friend. Someone's daughter. But also a survivor of sexual assault. Reporter: We reached out to several schools. They said they take any allegation of sexual assault extremely seriously and working to combat it. But tonight the push is on to make every campus for every student saferer. Paula Faris, ABC news, New York.
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