NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut) – A survey by Harvard University’s newspaper finds 12 percent of graduating women say they were sexually assaulted at the school. The same poll showed that only 16 percent of those women even reported the assault to school officials or police.
That follows similar findings by a White House report.
Many alumni say they are ready to take stand, withholding donations to their alma mater until changes are made.
Lisa Paige is president of the Alumni Network for Harvard Women. She tells “CBS This Morning” she survived a sexual assault while attending the university. She says it’s time for action. “There have been enough task forces, there have been enough studies at all the colleges and universities across the country.”
The goal is to work with current faculty and staff on ways to reduce sexual assaults on and off campus.
“We should be at the table where the college and university decision makes are on this issue”
Paige says the Harvard organization is working with alumni groups from 20 different colleges and universities across the country. “This is institutionalized gender bias that leads to the issue itself and a lot of people don’t understand elite universities are also struggling with these issues.”
She says it’s crucial for schools to work on changing student attitudes about gender and violence.
“(These are) young men who seem to think that they are able to take what they want.”
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