The University of Virginia rebuked by the Fed for attempting to silence sexual assault victims.

Four years after the college safety nonprofit Security on Campus filed a complaint against UVA for its mishandling of sexual assault cases, the Department of Education has ruled that the university has, in fact, violated federal law by threatening victims of sexual assault with punishment if they spoke about their cases.

I cannot say enough kind words about Security on Campus, the Clery Act or Annie. You can read about it here.

UPDATE: A huge “thank you” to Susan Russell, whose efforts spearheaded what happened in this case. She is a concerned mom to a survivor, an activist and the founder of an amazing website that I wish didn’t have to exist. You can check it out here.


  1. Hi, Liz — Not sure how to say this, but the story attributes it all to Dan and Annie yet it was my Letter of Complaint and continuous contact with the Dept of Ed investigator that provided much of the documentation needed to find the University negligent. It is a shame that the UVA women have not yet banded together as one voice to bring shame to the university.

  2. It outrages me that even today, with all the knowledge out there, College Campus’s still think the way to handle a felony crime so heinous as rape is to let a bunch of kids decide on guilt or innocence.

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