Thursday, May 19, 2022

Play

U.S. mayors train to fend off increased threats and harassment, the Illinois governor signs a ban on 'Ghost Guns,' and death anxiety could play a role in Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion.

Play

The White House asks Congress for more pandemic support, the House passes a domestic terrorism bill, Kansas' Supreme Court upholds a new congressional map, and a House committee hears testimony on abortion access.

Play

From off-Broadway to West Virginia: the stories of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, baby formula is on its way back to grocery shelves, and federal funds will combat consolidation in meatpacking.

More Bad News for Women on College Campuses

Play

Wednesday, February 21, 2018   

SALEM, Ore. – Nearly one in three women with disabilities on college campuses has experienced sexual assault, according to a new report from the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency.

The report, "Not on the Radar," also found colleges aren't prepared to respond to cases of sexual assault against students with disabilities.

Dr. Wendy Harbour, an NCD member, says campuses should be thinking of disability the way they think of discrimination. She wants people to imagine what it takes to survive this situation and deal with the long process of reporting assault.

"Now imagine a barrier at every, single step of that process, and it's really placing an incredible burden on the student," she states.

Harbour adds stereotyping of students with disabilities is widespread on college campuses, and estimates that about 450,000 have been sexual assault victims.

She also notes the study doesn't look at the entire college population. It includes only undergraduate women – not men, graduate students or staff.

State Sen. Sara Gelser of Corvallis, a former NCD member, says the Oregon legislature has been working on ways to provide information to victims of sexual assault on college campuses, but that issue is more complex for students with disabilities.

"If you are deaf or hearing-impaired, to be able to communicate that story to a confidential sexual assault advocate is incredibly difficult, because you're often going to have to be doing that through a translator instead of directly, face-to-face, to the person that you need to help you," she points out.

Harbour says although the report reveals an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses, the response from colleges has been encouraging.

"The bad news is that disabled students are not on the radar of colleges, related to sexual assault,” she states. “The good news is that the report found that the minute disabled students were on the radar, colleges took action."

Harbour also says student-led groups are an effective way for students with disabilities to push for better policies and make sure their voices are heard.


get more stories like this via email

The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve along with the Big Bend Seagrasses, St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserves and the Pinellas County Aquatic Preserve together protect the largest contiguous seagrass meadow in the Gulf of Mexico and the largest spring-fed seagrass habitat in the world. (Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Environment

This afternoon, members of the public will get to have a say on the management plan for the first new aquatic preserve created in Florida in 32 years…


Social Issues

May is Community Action Month, and local agencies helping low-income families hope Congress signs off on a plan to bolster and modernize their …

Environment

After two decades of drought and with no relief in sight, many Utahns are looking for ways to conserve water, and for many residents, part of the …


As many as 80% of the homes lost to wildland fires could have been saved if their owners had followed a few simple fire-safe practices. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and state officials are encouraging Coloradans to get up to speed on prevention and emergency-exit strategies if …

Social Issues

The White House is fielding pitches from top Democratic lawmakers about their desire to dramatically expand student loan forgiveness. While a …

Beyond school counselors, parents and private providers, mental-health advocates urge faith-based and other community groups to provide safe spaces for kids dealing with stress and anxiety. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

As the school year winds down, education leaders are shedding light on increased mental-health demands among students, including thoughts of suicide…

Social Issues

A new report found dishonest employers steal from some 213,000 people in Ohio each year by paying them less than the minimum wage; and it is just one …

Social Issues

Illinois has a new law banning the sale and possession of "ghost guns," essentially untraceable firearms that are sold in kit-form online or at gun sh…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021