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Friday, December 09, 2005

Dateline Sunday

Dateline NBC Sunday Will Question Whether Colleges & Universities Respond Quickly Or Strongly Enough To Campus Rape

Serious charges about problems with how colleges and universities handle sexual assaults will be explored in a Dateline NBC segment scheduled to be broadcast this Sunday night, December 11th, at 7 p.m. eastern time (please consult your local listings for the exact time and channel in your area, and note that broadcasts may be rescheduled if there is breaking news). In this segment correspondent Hoda Kotb reports on five students who say they were sexually assaulted on campus and how their schools handled their cases, "questioning if they acted quickly or strongly enough," according to the Dateline web site.

Two former Ohio State University students both reported that they were raped by the same student, yet he was allowed to remain on campus for another year and a half. Kate Dieringer and Samantha Collins were both told by their schools, Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary respectively, that they had to remain silent with concerns about brief suspensions imposed on the students accused of raping them but spoke out anyway. And Annie Hylton from the University of Virginia successfully sued her alleged rapist, receiving a $150,000 award, after he was not even suspended by the school.

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