In the last few years, campus sexual assault has emerged as a national issue. Students at dozens of colleges and universities have filed civil rights complaints against their schools, claiming that the problem is so silenced, underreported and grossly mishandled that it violates federal laws that prohibit the discrimination of women.
On Friday, Nov. 1, America Tonight is taking on the issue in a special live town hall program airing at 9 p.m. ET. We're bringing together students, professors, experts, activists and parents to take a hard look at the campus culture that may fuel assaults, the latest research on college rapists, the role of alcohol and how colleges and universities are dealing (or not dealing) with the problem.
These are some of the activists, journalists, advocates and others who will be in the room.
When Hannah Zeavin was a freshman at Yale, her friend was raped. Over the following two years, Zeavin came to believe that this was no isolated incident on campus, and that the university was failing to protect its female students. Along with 15 other students and recent alumni, Zeavin filed a civil rights complaint against Yale in 2011 "for its failure to eliminate a hostile sexual environment on campus, in violation of Title IX." After a 15-month investigation by the Department of Education, both parties reached a “voluntary resolution agreement.” But the case helped start a movement across the country; 25 colleges and universities are now under investigation for their sexual assault procedures.