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It's hard to pin down the numbers on sexual assaults on college campuses. Women often don't report attacks to authorities, and studies vary on how they define an assault. Figures range from rates as low as 3% to as much as 20%. But even using the most conservative numbers, that means nearly 2,500 women attending college in Utah will experience rape or attempted rape this year. RadioWest hosted a three-part series on the complicated issues surrounding sexual assault. We talked about the culture that may be contributing to the problem, about prevention and how Universities respond when the unimaginable happens.

Sexual Assault at Utah's Universities

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In April 2016, BYU student Madi Barney alleged that the university's Honor Code inhibits rape victims from reporting the crimes committed against them.

Earlier this week, the Salt Lake Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of rape at several Utah universities. Their reporting on the subject began last year when a BYU student came forth with complaints about the school’s mistreatment of sexual assault victims. Further reporting uncovered more problems at other colleges, including numerous rape allegations against a Utah State University athlete. Thursday, the Tribune’s prize-winning reporters join us to discuss their investigation and its impact.

GUESTS

  • Sheila McCann is the managing editor at the Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Rachel Piper is an editor at the Tribune overseeing its health, education, and environment team.
  • Erin Alberty is the Tribune’s outdoor columnist. She previously covered public safety.
  • Alex Stuckey covers health care, education and the environment for the Tribune.
  • Jessica Miller is reporter at the Tribune covering district courts and public safety.

McCann, Piper, Alberty, Stuckey, and Miller all made major contributions to the Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual assault on Utah’s college campuses.

Visit the Utah Rape Recovery Center's Web site for resources in addressing sexual assault.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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