Sexual assault survivors challenge universities
By Rajini Vaidyanathan
BBC News, Washington
Julia Dixon has filed a complaint against her university for the way it handled her sexual assault case.
One in five American women is sexually assaulted or raped during their time at college and university, according to the White House. Now some survivors are demanding change.
It’s been six years since the night Julia Dixon was sexually assaulted, but only now is she sharing her story.
She worked hard to get through high school and win a scholarship to the University of Akron, in Ohio.
Seven days into her new life away from home, she spent the evening watching YouTube videos with two fellow students.
When she returned to her room, they followed. One of the men left. The other refused to go, and assaulted her.
“My life in college was completely destroyed,” she says.
Julia’s story is an all-too-common one on American university campuses