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Victims pushing for better policies, enforcement in protecting students from sexual assaults

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Laura Dunn was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin. She was out for a night of partying with friends - including two men, who are fellow members of the crew team.

"We had been at a party,” says Dunn. “There was lots of drinking. They were actually serving free shots and I was actually cut off because I was getting too drunk and they offered to walk me to a different party and what they did was walk me off campus and assault me."

Dunn stayed silent at first, but found the courage to speak out while still an undergraduate. Now she is a law student clerking on Capitol Hill.

Dunn has founded a non-profit called SurvJustice to help victims of sexual assault get justice.

Victims have been filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Education. They can do that under Title IX. The department has been working with schools to make changes. Some fear those types of negotiations don't pack enough punch.

"Too often they're giving voluntary resolutions, just agreements to put away complaints as long as they change their policy,” says Dunn. “The reality is that schools haven't had to pay yet for sexual violence.”

At Yale University, the federal government investigated discrimination and sexual violence. There is now a resolution agreement between Yale and the federal government.

In a recent report, Yale used the term "nonconsensual sex" instead of the word rape. That has angered critics.


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