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Tonight at 10: Are colleges being held accountable for reports of sex assault

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

New research about sexual assaults on college campuses reignites the debate over just how big the problem really is.

A survey from the Association of American Universities shows 23 percent of female college students say they have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact.

There is also currently federal legislation in the works to make the way colleges report these types of crimes more transparent, and to hold these schools more accountable.

Right now more than 100 colleges and universities across the country are under investigation for they way they report the crimes.

"The truth is you can do everything right your entire life and still become a victim of sexual assault," said Brittany Tally.

Brittany Tally is a counselor and advocate for students on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

Her job is to educate students, and to help victims of sexual assault get through perhaps one of the most difficult times of their lives.

"I think there's a lot of movement behind supporting victims of assault than there ever has been in the past," said Tally.

But, are the students truly being heard?

The I-Team looked into the numbers to see what is happening on the Heartland's college campuses.

Are our schools following the law, and giving students who've been victimized every chance to have their voices heard and get the help they need?

Tune in on Tuesday to Heartland News at 10 to see what we found, and what efforts are being made to hold colleges and universities more accountable for reporting these crimes.

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