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Study: Sexual assaults not reported on college campuses; CSU weighs in

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A recent study by a Missouri Senator shows that more than 40 percent of institutions do not investigate the reported cases and are breaking federal law. 
    
Thousands of college freshman will soon embark on some of the best years of their lives.

"I'm really excited to start my life. I mean this is the first chapter," says Columbus State University freshman Maklain Archer.
     
Macklain Archer, 18,  and her friend Madison Smith, 18, of Newnan are incoming freshman at Columbus State University. We caught up with the pair during orientation. 

Among learning about classes, time management, and extracurricular activities Archer and Smith are also warned about campus dangers, including sexual assault.

"It's something that needs to be acknowledged that does happen," Archer declares.
 
Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. College freshman and sophomores are more at risk of being victims of sexual assault. Statistics show freshman account for 84 percent of sexual assaults reported on college campuses across the country.

A recent study released by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill reports 41 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. do not investigate sexual assaults on campus. The study also finds that 21 percent do not properly train faculty and staff on how to respond.
     
"This is something Columbus State has been concerned about for many years" says Chip Reese, Dean of Students.

Reese claims CSU not only investigates sexual assaults on campus, but also trains all staff on how to respond to reports of rape. He says they have several ways for students to report sexual assault.

"They can go to the counseling center. We also have online forms, people can fill out through our behavior assessment and recommendation team, it's right there on our main web page," Reese adds.

Reese also suggests students contact campus police. 

Archer says one of the reasons she chose CSU is because she feels safe.

"It makes me feel really comfortable because I know that if I need help it's going to be there no matter what," Archer says.

The findings come from a survey of a national sample of 350 colleges and universities. 

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