90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
College Sexual Assault And A White House Response

A White House call to action on sexual assault on college campuses. We’ll get the whole story.

 

in this photo taken Monday March 12, 2012, students walk across the Dartmouth College campus green in Hanover, N.H. The college has been a leader in changing sexual assault reporting processes for its student population (AP)

in this photo taken Monday March 12, 2012, students walk across the Dartmouth College campus green in Hanover, N.H. The college has been a leader in changing sexual assault reporting processes for its student population (AP)

You’re going to be hearing a lot more about sexual assault on college campuses.  Not that it’s new.  The number out there for a couple of years now has been “one-in-five” women sexually assaulted sometime during college.  But focus on the problem has grown and grown.  So has outrage.  Now the White House is weighing in with an action plan for colleges to expose and combat sexual assault.  They’ve got movie stars and big athletes speaking out against it.  They’ve got step-by-step recommendations for colleges to tackle it.  Will it work?  This hour On Point:  the new drive against college sexual assault.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Katie J.M. Baker, higher education reporter for BuzzFeed. (@katiejmbaker)

Annie E. Clark, co-founder of End Rape on Campus. (@aelizabethclark)

Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Member of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. (@EDcivilrights)

Inge-Lise Ameer, senior associate dean of Dartmouth College for student academic support services and campus life.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), senior U.S. Senator from Missouri. (@clairecmc)

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post: White House issues report on steps to prevent sexual assault at college campuses — “The task force, led by Biden and the White House Council on Women and Girls, canvassed assault survivors, college administrators and others for ideas on how to respond to a phenomenon researchers have found: that one in five women is sexually assaulted in college.”

BuzzFeed: Rape Victims Don’t Trust The Fixers Colleges Hire To Help Them — “But while college presidents love Smith and Gomez, many of the women who forced their universities to hire consultants in the first place loathe them. Complainants across the country told BuzzFeed that they believed their institutions were paying Smith and Gomez to clean up messes by paying lip service to federal compliance.”

New York Times: A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation — “The case has unfolded as colleges and universities across the country are facing rising criticism over how they deal with sexual assault, as well as questions about whether athletes sometimes receive preferential treatment. The Times’s examination — based on police and university records, as well as interviews with people close to the case, including lawyers and sexual assault experts — found that, in the Winston case, Florida State did little to determine what had happened.”

Read “Not Alone,” the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault’s Report

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Oct 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 20, 2014
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, patrons line up for “Nightmare: New York,” a haunted house attraction in New York. (AP)

Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We’ll unpack the science of fear.

 
Oct 20, 2014
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
Comment
 
Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

More »
Comment