The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has decided to investigate a complaint filed by 5 women, including former Assistant Dean Melissa Manning, regarding UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases. The complainants allege that the university created a “hostile” atmosphere for survivors, failing to provide appropriate grievance procedures, adequate and impartial investigations, and training in accordance with Title IX. The women also allege that the university pressured Manning to underreport sexual assault cases for the 2010 annual report on campus crime.
“When I reported that I was raped, I was told that rape is like football, and if I were to look back on it, what would I have done differently,” Clark said. “I was just absolutely flabbergasted.”
She said the complaint is an effort to change the culture of how rape victims are treated on college campuses nationwide.
“It’s about justice,” Clark said. “This has been going on for far too long all across the country, and nothing has been done about it, so we finally decided to speak out.”
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Winston-Salem Journal – Federal complaint claims UNC violated assault victims’ rights