BYU Taking Steps To Better Support Victims of Sexual Assault

Brigham Young University is making significant changes in how they handle reports of sexual assault. Before, victims of sexual assault would be investigated for breaking the honor code, which discouraged students from reporting. The honor code bans drinking and premarital sex. With the new process on reviewing sexual assault cases, there is now an amnesty clause which will prevent the university from investigating the victim for possible honor code violations. This is an important step in the movement to end victim blaming.

It is reported that 1 in 4 college women say they are sexually assaulted before graduating. Currently over 130 colleges and universities are under investigation for potentially violating Title IX in mishandling sexual assault reports.

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