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Are College Campuses A Hostile Environment For Women?

American college campuses and new complaints of a hostile, dangerous sexual environment.

A 2010 rally organized by the National Association of Women in New York. (WeNews/Flickr)

A 2010 rally organized by the National Association of Women in New York. (WeNews/Flickr)

Sex and college are hardly strangers to one another. But there is a new surge of complaints about sexual aggression, coercion on American college campuses.

Yale is out front, with a formal Title IX complaint from students and alumni about a “hostile sexual environment” on campus. There are plenty of echoes. Look at the record out of Indiana, USC, Penn State, American.

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden took up the cry. “Rape is rape is rape,” he told students at the University of New Hampshire.

This hour On Point: a “hostile sexual environment” and the American college campus.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Presca Ahn, Yale ’10. One of 16 Yale students and alum who filed a complaint accusing the university of violating Title IX by failing to eliminate a hostile sexual environment on campus.  Read their press release at the Yale Herald.

Dorothy Edwards, executive director of Green Dot, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of personal violence. She founded the University of Kentucky’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.

Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock college.  She’s author of “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.”

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