Colleges as Courtrooms in Student Rape Cases

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Kristen Lombardi, investigative reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, just completed an in-depth investigation on how college campuses have created judiciary systems to handle rape cases, and how those systems sometimes fail. She talks with us about what she learned while investigating her piece, and shares a first-person account from one woman who feels her rape case was mishandled by her college: former University of Virginia student Kathryn Russell.

We also hear a response from the University of Virginia about what's happened in the aftermath of Russell's case.

To read Lombardi's entire 3-part series on collegiate rape judiciary systems, visit the Center for Public Integrity.


Kristen Lombardi

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [8]


For some fraternities, gang rape is (or was) a tradition. It happened to me in 1962. The fact that it's still going on after more than 45 years is incredible. You can visit my blog to see exactly how it works.

Dec. 07 2009 02:51 PM

I encourage you to visit

Dec. 03 2009 07:03 PM

Visit and you will understand what happens to women living in and around Charlottesville.

Dec. 03 2009 07:02 PM

Thanks for providing this link! This looks like an amazing project, and it was the result of a collaboration between two excellent organizations Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) and V-Day.

Dec. 02 2009 11:22 PM

I actually just read about this report on Feministing. It also discussed what students and others concerned about this issue are doing about it. There's the Campus Accountability Project, an online database of reports by students evaluating how their campus handles sexual violence incidents and what resources are/are not available:

Dec. 02 2009 11:14 PM
MK Ultra

I cannot believe that a college would mishandle a rape case right on its own grounds

Dec. 01 2009 07:59 PM

Yes, the fact is that the UVA campus has its own police force and the city cannot have jurisdiction when students report rape or any other crime. The student from UVA did report it to the police and went to the emergency room within 3 days. It was not investigated properly by the university police and was mislabeled as suspicious circumstance in the crime log even though the student specifically reported a rape. The police and the judicial system simply don't take these cases because it looks bad for them. Real Life doesn't work like Law & Order or CSI.

Dec. 01 2009 05:50 PM

Can anyone shed any light on why actual police would not be involved in these cases? If a person is raped, h/she should be going to the emergency room and reporting the incident the police.

Dec. 01 2009 02:12 PM

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