A Deficiency in Addressing Campus Sexual Assault: The Lack of Women Law Enforcement Officers

36 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2014 Last revised: 27 Apr 2015

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Karen Oehme

Florida State University College of Social Work, Institute for Family Violence Studies

Nat Stern

Florida State University - College of Law

Annelise Mennicke

Florida State University - College of Social Work

Date Written: November 13, 2014

Abstract

The federal government has taken a range of measures to combat the scourge of sexual assault afflicting college campuses across the nation. Whatever the efficacy of these policies, however, they fail to address a major obstacle to curbing sexual violence on campus: the chronically low rate of reporting of this crime to the police. Research has produced data showing that reporting of sexual assault against women increases as female representation among officers increases. Yet, most university campus law enforcement agencies include strikingly few female officers. This Article proposes an increase in women’s representation in campus police agencies to foster more reporting by victims, and argues that schools failing to demonstrate consistent, ongoing, and genuine efforts to hire female officers are contributing to a hostile environment for complainants in Title IX litigation.

Suggested Citation

Oehme, Karen and Stern, Nat S. and Mennicke, Annelise, A Deficiency in Addressing Campus Sexual Assault: The Lack of Women Law Enforcement Officers (November 13, 2014). 38 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, 2015, Forthcoming; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 712. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523935

Karen Oehme

Florida State University College of Social Work, Institute for Family Violence Studies ( email )

Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States

Nat S. Stern (Contact Author)

Florida State University - College of Law ( email )

425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States
850.644.1801 (Phone)

Annelise Mennicke

Florida State University - College of Social Work ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

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