UW should become model on handling sexual assault complaints

UW-Madison named 25th in world university rankings

We’re happy to see UW-Madison included in the list of now 101 schools around the U.S. that are part of the investigation into possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual assault complaints on campus, not because we think UW is guilty, and not because we like the idea of the UW even being associated with guilty schools, but because we believe UW can be part of the solution. In fact, UW should be part of the solution.

Sexual violence and harassment increasingly have the appearance of a crisis on our nation’s university campuses. It’s been dramatically called a “rape culture.”

If drama is what it takes to draw attention to the problem and to spur people who should be doing something about it to take action drama is acceptable.

We have to know what is happening on our campuses. We have to know the scope of the problem. We have to know how reports are handled. We have to know how victims are treated. And we have to stop the assaults from occurring. UW should be a model. Now it can be.