Sexual Assaults On Campus Prompt Heightened Security, Required Courses On Prevention

The University of Montana is now requiring all students to watch an online video tutorial about rape prevention and score 100 percent on a quiz afterwards.

If they don't pass the quiz on stopping sexual assaults, they cannot register for second semester classes.

UM is trying to fight Missoula, Montana's reputation as the so-called "rape capital" of America after more than 80 cases of rape were reported in the town over the last three years, including 11 alleged sexual assaults involving UM students over the last 18 months alone.

There's also been the alleged gang-rape by members of University of Montana's lucrative Division I football team, Jezebel reported. Jordan Johnson, the UM's quarterback, was charged this summer with raping an acquaintance, although Johnson maintains his innocence.

All of this has prompted an investigation of the university and town police department by the U.S. Department of Justice. Inside Higher Ed reports UM is being investigated on whether they violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibit sex discrimination and sexual assault and harassment in education program.

As shocking as 80 reported rapes may sound, figures from the U.S. Census show it's on par for a college town the size of Missoula.

Judging by news reports, one could easily believe sexual assaults on campus are an everyday thing. In the past week, there were several reports of sexual assaults being investigated at college campuses around the country:

However, don't expect swift punishments by colleges if the suspects are caught and prosecuted. An NPR/Center for Public Integrity investigation found only 10 to 25 of men found responsible for sexual assault were expelled. And 1 out of 5 women in college will be sexually assaulted according to research funded by the Justice Department.

So far, UM is the first major public university to require a rape prevention quiz and tutorial. While it is being called a positive step, it's not being hailed as a be-all-end-all to preventing sexual assaults.

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