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NYIT in the Media
Nov 25 2013

Sexual Abuse on High School Campuses Put School Officials on Notice

"If these experiences make it extremely difficult for college-aged students to continue their education, how much more difficult must it be for younger girls?" asks College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor Beth Adubato in a Christian Science Monitor article about sexual assaults and school official accountability in the wake of indictments against four school officians in the Steubenville rape case. 

Adubato, who teaches behaviorial science, says college-aged women who are victims of sexual assault often find that their schools fail to investigate cases or have inadequate programs in place to educate students about date rape or acquaintance rape. Victims face a lack of support from the school community as well. Adubato believes high schools should be held to the same standards as colleges, who currently receive Federal guidance about concerns that arise in sexual violence cases. The Steubenville case, she adds, provides an important look at the issue of sexual violence among high school students.