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A Look At Campus Sexual Assault In The DeVos Era

College campuses continue to be unsafe for women. Its estimated that one in five female students will be sexually assaulted during her time in college. It’s a disturbingly common problem, yet so few of the accused perpetrators end up facing criminal charges. 

A former Yale student is currently standing trial for the alleged rape of one of his classmates. It could be one of the few times a campus rape case is decided in court. Why do so few accused perpetrators end up facing criminal charges?

Meanwhile, the Department of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has rolled back on the federal guidelines which state universities must investigate individual sexual assault cases under Title IX. So where does that leave universities? 

Also, we discuss the issue of alcohol on college campuses. Most sexual assault stories involve intoxication by one or both of the parties. So how should colleges address alcohol on campus? 

Are you a student at a college in Connecticut? We want to hear from you.


  • Tyler Kingkade - National reporter at BuzzFeed covering sexual harassment and assault. He has covered Title IX and sexual assault on college campuses for many years
  • Diane Rosenfeld - Lecturer in Law, and Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School
  • Elizabeth Conklin - Title IX coordinator at the University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Antonia Abbey -  Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University. She has been researching alcohol’s role in sexual assault and the factors that play into sexual aggression for the past 20 years

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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