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It wasn’t enough that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was accused of sweeping sexual assault cases under the rug.

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It wasn’t enough that a rape victim was told she would be expelled if she came forth about her assault.

But when officials got wind that Annie Clark, one of the complainants, reported being sexually assaulted to UNC administrators in 2007 only to be told that sex was like football, it started an investigation into the university about the mishandling of such cases.

“When I reported that I was raped, I was told that rape is like football, and if I were to look back on it, what would I have done differently,” Clark said. “I was just absolutely flabbergasted.”

The U.S. Department of Education has opened the investigation after five women, including a former assistant dean, in January asked the department’s Office of Civil Rights to investigate what they call an atmosphere of sexual violence at the school.

Their complaint accuses UNC-Chapel Hill of under-reporting sexual assault cases for 2010 in an annual report to the federal government on campus crime. It also alleged that campus officials allowed a hostile environment for students reporting sexual assault.

“We are opening the allegation for investigation because OCR has determined that it has jurisdiction and that the complaint was filed timely,” Robin Murphy, an official in the civil rights office, wrote in a March 1 letter to the women. “Please note that opening the allegation for investigation does not imply that OCR has made any decision on the merits of your complaint.”

There’s no time-frame for how long the investigation will take.

Victims say the comment from the school official comparing football to rape is reflective of how college campuses all over the nation treat rape victims.

It also demeans the victim and discourages them from coming forward. And most detrimental, it makes them feel like they are at fault.

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We hope that UNC and other colleges who support rape tolerance culture are reprimanded!

SOURCE: WRAL