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of advocacy for Chicago-based non-profit Rape Victim Advocates.READ MORE: Protesters Say Benet Academy In Lisle Rescinded Lacrosse Coach's Job Offer Because She Is A Lesbian
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.