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Jimmy Carter Calls Out Yale's Response to Sexual Assaults

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014 03:25 PM

Former President Jimmy Carter began his speech to an audience at Yale University with a joke, but few were laughing when he cited reports about sexual harassment at the school while sitting right next Yale President Peter Salovey.

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In his speech, Carter asserted sexual harassment is most prevalent at two of the nation's most respected institutions the military and on university campuses and only glossed over reports about Yale students found guilty of nonconsensual sex being permitted to remain on the New Haven, Connecticut, campus.

During a question-and-answer session, Carter responded to a question about how students should combat sexual inequalities by noting that Yale was one of several institutions that "has been identified by the Department of Education as being a problem" in terms of dealing adequately in cases of reported sexual assault.

"I read one article up here on the Web on the way up here on the plane, as a matter of fact from Huffington Post that pointed out that Yale had six boys that had been found guilty or had admitted that they had committed sexual assault. They had not been expelled. You can just warn a boy and chastise him. That doesn't help. Expulsion is a very difficult thing for a university to accept as a policy," said the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner in reference to a recent article in the Huffington Post.

The article examined Yale's record of handling allegations and highlighted the fact that six students were allowed to continue their studies after being found guilty of "nonconsensual sex" in 2013.

Only one of the six students that a university committee or administrator found guilty of nonconsensual sex was suspended.

Yale President Salovey said that the university changed its procedures in the last two years and has "worked with our students and I think we’ve come to the best solution."

Carter's response was welcomed by some in the audience.

"I thought it was interesting that he brought it up in this context in front of the president," a Yale employee who asked to remain anonymous told the New Haven Register.

Carter also referenced recent news reports about campus sexual harassment that have been "quite revealing," including the Rolling Stone article that alleged the University of Virginia covered up charges of sexual assaults.

According to the 39th president, the reason sexual harassment has "persisted and still is growing is because we don't want to admit that it goes on. Partially, [it's] because we are responsible."

Carter has recently published a new book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power," which highlights the subjugation and discrimination of women worldwide.

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