From the Administration
Despite many federal laws that dictate how schools should conduct and report sexual assault complaints, only about 1/3 of colleges do so in a way that is consistent with federal law according to the Department of Justice. The Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights was passed in 1992 and has been amended on several occasions. Unfortunately, it is not yet expansive enough to fully protect victims.
One respondent who reported her sexual assault to her administration was immensely frustrated with the way it was handled and feels that they botched and minimized the seriousness of the situation in a way that was "truly criminal." She feels that much of the negativity that is found in peer reactions to sexual assault is born in poor administrative reaction to sexual assault. Her point being that if students see the administration--those who are in charge--not taking the matter seriously, then why should they?