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Feds are investigating handling of sexual assault charges on 55 college campuses

  President Barack Obama speaks while Vice President Joseph Biden listens about establishing a White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault.
President Barack Obama speaks while Vice President Joseph Biden listens about establishing a White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The college experience often turns out to be a nightmare for students who are sexually assaulted by their own classmates. To make matters worse for the targets of sexual assaults there have been reports many colleges and universities across the United States have not been handling sexual assault reports properly. There are 55 colleges and universities across the United States which are facing a federal inquiry over the handling of sexual assault charges reports Al Jazeera on May 1, 2014.

On Thursday the U.S. Department of Education released the names of the 55 colleges and universities which are facing an investigation over their handling of sexual assault reports under Title IX, which is a law that regulates institutions' handling of sexual violence. This release came just two days after a White House task force guaranteed more government transparency dealing with sexual assault in higher education. The U.S. Department of Education is now planning to keep an updated list of schools which are facing Title IX investigations which will be available upon request.

The list of large public universities and private schools is staggering. Such name institutions as Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Harvard, Princeton, The University of Texas-Pan American, Ohio State University, Denison University, Arizona State University, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa are on the list. Under title IX gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds is prohibited. Shockingly the White House has said that 1 in 5 female students is sexually assaulted.

The Obama administration's initiative to bring more attention to the issue of sexual assaults has not been limited to colleges reports U.S. News and World Report. The Pentagon has said that reports of assaults by members of the military have gone up 50 percent since the beginning of a campaign started aimed at persuading more victims to come forward. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said he is ordering six initiatives to deal with the problem of sexual assaults which include efforts to get more male victims to also speak up. This widespread effort to crack down on sexual assaults of women and men is noteworthy.