New Statistics Show Nearly 1/3 Women with Disabilities on College Campuses Experience Sexual Assault
Nearly one in three women with disabilities on college campuses has experienced sexual assault. That’s according to a new report from the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency. The report, called “Not on the Radar,” also found colleges aren’t prepared to respond to cases of sexual assault against students with disabilities. Wendy Harbour, a member of the council, says campuses should be thinking of disability the way they think of discrimination. She wants people to imagine what it takes to survive this situation and deal with the long process of reporting assault. Harbour says although the report reveals an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses, the response from colleges has been encouraging. Harbour also says student-led groups are an effective way for students with disabilities to push for better policies and make sure their voices are heard. Indiana University last spring adopted a policy that bans athletes with a history of sexual assault.
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