He ignored her and pressured her for months, she said, and often tried to take advantage of her when she was drunk or sleeping.Sometimes, Ortiz said, she would wake up to him touching her while she had been unconscious.That may be because college dating violence victims are often dismissed as being young and inexperienced, Bolger said.When people think of domestic violence, they think of marriage and children, not first-time relationships built over late-night fries in the cafeteria.“Students may live in a different dorm than their perpetrator,” she said, “but that doesn’t mean their lives and education aren’t threatened.” During the University of Chicago mediation, Ortiz broke down in tears as the dean lectured her ex for hurting her feelings.Supporters say this system is meant to complement, not replace, criminal prosecution, but critics say the consequences of being found responsible for sexual misconduct under these standards are too serious.“Universities have proved beyond any doubt their incapacity and ineptitude in dealing with nuanced, fact-based accusations” such as domestic violence claims, said Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a longtime critic of how colleges handle sexual assault cases.But he believes there’s more of a risk for the accused.But it frustrates Ortiz that politicians, mainstream media, and college administrators themselves mostly ignore the latter.(The University of Chicago, along with the other schools in this story, said it could not comment on individual cases because of privacy laws.) To Ortiz, the national movement is mostly for “straight, white, wealthy women intoxicated and assaulted at a frat by an acquaintance.”“That wasn’t my experience at all,” she said.
It’s accepted.”Many critics of the Obama administration’s policies on campus sexual assault feel the same way about dating violence: The issue is too tricky for colleges to handle.Her complaint led to a still-ongoing federal Title IX investigation against the University of Chicago, but it also led to mental health issues that forced Ortiz to take a leave of absence, she said.Ortiz’s ex-boyfriend graduated the day after the mediation.Some studies show that the oft-reported statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted during college also applies to domestic violence, often called “dating violence” or “intimate partner violence.” Around 20% of college students report having experienced dating violence by a current partner, and college-aged women (16–24) experience the highest rate of dating violence than any other age group, according to the Justice Department.
Studies also show that dating violence disproportionately affects the long-term health of women of color.
Violence against women happens “on a continuum” that starts at sexual harassment and goes all the way up to murder, she said.