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Senator Gillibrand is sponsoring legislation to try to reduce the rape epidemic on college campuses.

Right now there are no incentives for colleges to report these crimes or to make sure that justice is done,'' the New York Democrat said in an interview. "Their incentive today is to make sure they are not known as a rape school. And the financial penalty is so low that they don't report the cases to the Department of Education.

Gillibrand notes that currently the risk of sexual assault at a college is quite high.

“[T]he price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted. America’s colleges and universities are the best in the world,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “But it is simply unacceptable that they become havens for rape and sexual assault. It is time to take this crisis head on and end the scourge of sexual assault on our college campuses, hold offenders accountable, and keep our students safe.”

Besides stop sending women to these rape schools, which hasn't been effective, What is the most effective way of preventing sexual assaults on college campuses? (Studies that have shown reduced risk before and after policy changes/behavior changes/etc. are required)

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    Instances of rape have been declining steadily since at least the early 1970s, this is despite more awareness of the the crime and more victim-centric attitudes. So there is hardly a rape epidemic. Unless of course you take unproven and unsubstantiated claims or accusations of rape at face value. – user1450877 Nov 21 '14 at 19:02
  • I'm not closing unilaterally but I don't like the inherent opinion based nature of this question. This is a "truth" question, but I'd prefer not to stick my neck out until I have others who agree. – Affable Geek Nov 22 '14 at 17:01
  • @AffableGeek, "truth" question? Studies cannot show reduced risk for certain behaviors (or previous policy changes)? How do we know that drinking increases your risk whilst driving? – user1873 Nov 22 '14 at 19:25
  • You're asking "what is the most effective" policy. That implies a list then a comparison etc. – Affable Geek Nov 22 '14 at 20:30
  • @AffableGeek, but how does a list then comparison imply that this is a "truth" question and inherently opinion based? – user1873 Nov 22 '14 at 20:42

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