One in five women are raped or sexually assaulted during their years in college, according to research from the U.S. Justice Department.
In 2011, the Obama administration introduced new guidelines for schools under Title IX. The law prohibits discrimination against sex in education.
The New York Times interviewed Wendy Murphy, an adjunct law professor at New England Law School. She said colleges have little incentive to enlighten parents on these issues. Parents would be alarmed if they understood how common campus rapes are, Murphy said.
“It’s just a reality that higher education is very concerned about bad press,” she told The New York Times. “Because they think if parents hear there are rapes at a particular university, they’re not going to send their child there — along with the $50,000 in tuition, by the way.
“It costs schools a lot in terms of bad press and cash dollars because if they kick out the bad guys, they lose the tuition dollars. This means if schools expel predators, they lose money.”