New York Daily News
8.22.16 | Toby Salk & Laura Bult
The alleged 2011 attack not only left her feeling alone and confused, but she was condemned to seeing her assailant on campus while she struggled to focus on finishing school.
Peterson, now 24, was completely unaware that she could have reported the alleged assault to her school to get the man expelled or that she had the right to change her class schedule and dorm assignment to avoid the painful run-ins.
And she never reported anything to police because, like many victims, she was afraid her case “wouldn’t be taken seriously.”
While high-profile cases of schools mishandling campus sexual assault have kept the issue in the national spotlight, young victims of sexual violence are often still in the dark about how they can report an attack and what their resources are.
The following is a guide for what students should know about what their Title IX rights are, how to know how your school responds to sexual assault and the difference between a school investigation and criminal investigation.