Activists: Requiring Colleges To Report All Sexual Assaults May Backfire

September 10, 2015

By Anjali Shastry at The Washington Times

Requiring colleges and universities to report all sexual assaults to local police could actually backfire by scaring women away from reporting attacks in the first place, two advocates told Congress Thursday.

“The truth is, most students do not want to go through a law enforcement interview. Our experience teaches us that cops look for violence, for signs of a struggle, for weapons, they don’t understand the nuance of campus sexual assault,” said Penny Rue, the vice president for campus life at Wake Forest University...