Colleges under investigation for not handling sexual assault cases

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 55 colleges and universities across 27 states and Washington D.C. are being investigated by the federal government for not handling sexual assault issues on their campuses. IPFW said there’s protocol and training in place for staff and students to deal with sexual assault cases.

Cleveland Inge, Detective Sergeant for IPFW Police, said the most of the training is done for Resident Assistants on campus. Inge said they have daily contacts with the students and it’s important for them to realize the federal law as far as a student being a victim of sexual assault.

“The RAs will always have to let them know what their rights are: the right to report it, the right to get treatment, the right to talk to victim’s assistance, and the right to keep quiet if they want to,” said Det. Sgt. Inge

IPFW is not one of the colleges being investigated. There are two universities in the state of Indiana that are: IU-Bloomington and Vincennes University.

The federal government is launching the investigation into the universities because officials aren’t giving victims their rights as a sexual assault victim. The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center is working with all colleges and universities in northeast Indiana to help provide options for these victims.

“If they’ve been sexually assaulted, that choice was taken away from them,” said Angela Mellon, a nurse with the sexual assault treatment center. “So we’re trying to give them choices back in their life.”

Inge said if victims on IPFW campus come forward, there are options they will have, if they choose to report the assault. Victims could be referred to the sexual assault treatment center, the hospital or the campus clinic.

If you believe you’ve been a victim of sexual assault, you can call police or you can contact the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Center at (260) 423-2222. When you come forward, everything will be kept anonymous. You can also visit their website by clicking here.

 

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