Columbia University Struggles to Combat Sexual Assault

Students of the Ivy League school are writing warnings on bathroom walls with names of alleged assaulters.
2:27 | 05/15/14

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Now, to the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses nationwide. Students at Columbia university, fighting back. Posting the names of alleged assailants on bathroom walls and on flyers. But many are questioning these tactics. Ryan smith is outside of the Columbia campus in Manhattan. Good morning, Ryan. Reporter: Good morning, robin. It's typically an exciting time here with graduation next week and students getting ready for the summer. But now, some sexual assault survivors, some of the alleged assailants on campus are speaking out and getting the university's attention. Today, prestigious Columbia university, struggling to combat this new outing of alleged sexual predators. In school bathrooms, the names of four alleged perpetrators. Blacked out and removed by the university. In the days that followed, more postings, popping up in other women's bathrooms around campus, with the same names. And later, these lfliers. Zoe is 1 of 20 students filing complaints against the school for failing to protect people against assault. They're warning other students on bathroom walls. Reporter: Is it legal? You write it on a wall is vandalism. Number two, Yo uh could get sued. Reporter: The university tells ABC news, quote, to avoid chilli iing come play taunts from coming forward, the university does not comment on the populars of disciplinary proceedings. Last month, guidance for colleges to combat sexual assault. The school says it remains committed to ending such unacceptable behavior. Sexual assault on campus and the handling of these cases, a growing problem nationwide. According to a white house task force, one of out of every five female college students has been sexually assaulted. And 13% of survivors of forced sexual assault report the attacks. One thing the list has done is to raise the stakes and really convey the desperation and urgency that people feel. Reporter: Some students I spoke to here say this may be an issue of safety. By posting alleged assailant's names on walls, they're trying to protect others from those who did them harm.

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