06.13.135:45 PM ET

Colleges Fail to Punish Serial Rapists

Red tape, outdated procedures enable repeated abuse.

Many colleges are under fire for their old or amateurish procedures for handling rape or sexual assault on campus. Slow or botched responses have led to anger from victims and investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. Attorney Gloria Allred is representing several Los Angeles–area students who were sexually assaulted at Occidental College and say the school mishandled the situation. Other complaints have been filed against Yale University, Swarthmore College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Some studies show that at least one quarter of women are assaulted while in college, and 27 percent of women are raped or suffer attempted rape. A study found that men who commit sexual assault do it repeatedly—an average of four times each.