Campus sexual assaults are tragedies occurring across college campuses on a high rate. The reporting of these incidents have been taken place for years, however, issues surrounding these and other acts of crimes still need to be addressed and tackled. Numerous outlets, media venues, etc., have recently documented this phenomenon, analyzing and critiquing its current affects, rate of occurrences, and exploring possible solutions on combating the problem head on. Examples of the outlets and venues following this phenomenon are Cspan and CNN, which includes the recent documentary by CNN Films titled, The Hunting Ground.
This past summer, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension committee convened in Washington, D.C. to discuss the present state of college campus sexual assaults. Previously, spearheaded by Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, congress introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), February 2015. This act was an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), Clery Act, Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Campus Save Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act or HEOA (Public Law 110-315). Being amended several times over the years, this act requires the reporting of, by schools and educational related programs, crime statistics with local law enforcement agencies, and the reporting of the rate of occurrence of sexual crimes, wrongdoings, transgressions, and the victimization of college students on institution of higher education campuses.