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The Sexual Assault Crisis in the University of California


According to a report by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, it is estimated that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will experience sexual violence during college. Applying these numbers to the total undergraduate student population throughout the University of California system will equal more than 20,000 undergraduate UC students who will potentially be victims of sexual assault. This research paper aims to examine the current state of sexual assault at the University of California campuses and the standard policies throughout each campus. Specifically, there is an emphasis on the nine different colleges within the University of California system, comparing their approach to the issue of sexual harassment and ultimately recommending the best alternatives.

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