White House task force to address campus rapes

Protesters staged a sit-in last year to call attention to what they said was USC's failure to protect students against sexual assaults. (CBS Los Angeles) Protesters staged a sit-in last year to call attention to what they said was USC’s failure to protect students against sexual assaults. (CBS Los Angeles)

President Obama announced an initiative Wednesday to target sexual assaults on college campuses, where women are especially vulnerable to such attacks, according to a White House report.

The report, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” states that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at college, but that only 12 percent of victims report it, the Associated Press reported.

The White House Council on Women and Girls, which compiled the report, examines the role of binge-drinking in campus rapes and will make recommendations for colleges to do more to prevent and respond to sexual assaults.

Read the full AP story here.

Vanessa Williams is a staff writer at The Post. Contact her at Vanessa.Williams@washpost.com.

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