The U.S. Department of Education recently gave a firm push to colleges and universities to get tough about sexual assaults on campus. Several have come under scrutiny in the last year for failing to address accusations of sexual assault, while some have responded by implementing strict policies that automatically expel guilty offenders. But policies alone won’t fix this problem. Punishments must be coupled with education and awareness programs that empower victims and clarify definitions around rape, so assaults are reported more frequently and campuses address them more openly.
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MONICA GRAY is co-founder & president of DreamWakers, an edtech nonprofit. She writes on education innovation and poverty.