MU must redouble efforts against sexual assaults

09/30/2013 12:47 PM

10/01/2013 6:46 PM

A shameful statistic for the University of Missouri is that its crisis center received nearly 100 reports of sexual assaults on campus last year, but only two students were punished.

The Columbia Missourian reports a sex offense led to one student being expelled and another resulted in a student being suspended. Campus police received 14 reports of sex offenses in 2012 compared with the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center recording 92.

No parents seeing such data would want to send their daughters to the state’s flagship campus. Officials need to increase efforts to make the university safer for all students and clearly show that sexual assaults will lead to harsh disciplinary action and criminal charges.

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