CHICAGO (CBS) — A new law in Illinois designed to curb the numbers of sexual assaults on college campuses — and to hold schools to a higher standard — has gone into effect as college students are heading back to class for the fall.
“More than 90% sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault,” said Sarah Layden, director of advocacy for Chicago-based non-profit Rape Victim Advocates.
Layden said that’s because many fear not being believed, or don’t think their school will help them.
Studies show that one in five undergraduate women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape. Yet, a 2014 U.S. Senate survey of 440 four year higher education institutions found that more than 40% of the schools had not conducted a single investigation into allegations of sexual assault.
“This is why I worked with student survivors, Illinois colleges and Universities, advocates and lawmakers to develop a bill that would ensure that all institutions of higher learning provide proper prevention and real response to sexual assault,” said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.