COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Aside from battling terrorist and epidemics around the world, the Obama administration is also focused on an issue that some say plagues the United States, campus sexual assault.
President Obama says victim's of sexual assault should not be the only one's to carry the burden.
"This is on all of us, every one of us, to fight campus sexual assault. You are not alone, we have your back."
The program called "It's On Us" is based on recommendations from a White House-ordered task force that met in April.
"We are going to organize campus by campus, city by city, state by state. This entire country is going to make sure we understand what this is about and that we are going to put a stop to it."
The numbers are startling:
- In the past five years, 41% of institutions in the U-S did not investigate sexual assaults.
- 43% of the nations largest public schools allow students to resolve rape cases and
- 21% do not properly train faculty and staff on how to respond.
The new initiative seeks to get men more involved in prevention and effectively responding to assaults when they are reported.
"It's not just on the parents of young women to caution them, it is on the parents of young men to teach them respect for women (applause). It's on grown men to set an example and be clear about what it means to be a man," President Obama declares.
We spoke with Columbus State University and Troy University about implementing the program on their campuses.
Both schools say the safety of their students is a top priority. They both already have numerous programs to combat sexual assault in operation.
At least 55 colleges are currently being investigated by the Department of Education for their handling of sexual assault cases, including Emory University.
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