Department of Education proposes changes to reporting, investigation of sexual assaults


CHANGES TO HOW SEXUAL ASSAULTS ARE REPORTED. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS PROPOSED SOME NEW IDEAS. THOSE IDEAS WOULD BOLSTER THE RIGHTS OF THOSE ACCUSED OF WRONGDOING. RICHARD ESSEX IS GETTING ANSWERS LIVE IN RALEIGH ON THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE CAMPUS. Reporter: THERE WERE 18 RAPES REPORTED ON THE CAMPUS IN 2017, HOER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE — LOWER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE, HIGHER THAN 2015. THERE ARE NEW RULES THAT WOULD REGULATE HOW SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASES ARE REPORTED AND THERE’S SOME PUSHBACK. THE NUMBERS OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS AND HARASSMENTS SHOULD BE ZERO. BUT THE STARK REALITY IS THAT IS NOT THE CASE. NEW RULES PROPOSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE BETTER GUIDANCE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORTS. THERE’S GREAT REASON TO BE UPSET, ESPECIALLY FOR ADVOCATES WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS TO HELP COLLEGE CAMPUSES DO BETTER IMPLEMENTATION, BOTH RESPONSE AND PREVENTION. Reporter: SHE SAYS THE PROPOSED RULES ROLL BACK OBAMA ERA REGULATIONS THAT IN HER OPINION WERE JUST STARTING TO WORK WELL. THE PROPOSED CHANGES NARROW THE DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO UNDER THE FORMER GUIDANCE SPEAK TO SEXUAL ASSAULT BUT ALSO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. THE CURRENT PROPOSED DEFINITION WOULD ONLY SPEAK TO THE VIOLENCE PART OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE. Reporter: UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS ARE PROTECTED EQUALLY BUT THAT WOULD CHANGE. THIS CURRENTLY LESSENS THE BURDEN ON THE CAMPUS FOR STUDENTS. AND OF COURSE I’D BE REMISS NOT TO DRAW ALL OF OUR ATTENTION TO NASSAR CASE, THE SANDUSKY CASE, MULTIPLE CASES YOU’VE WE SHOULD NOT BE LOOSENING THE BURDEN ON CAMPUSES REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Reporter: THESE ARE PROPOSED RULE, OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

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