On Thursday Alpha Phi, one of the founders of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and the third largest sorority in the country, announced that they were breaking rank with NPC by not supporting a campus sexual assault bill called the Safe Campus Act. The bill, proposed in Congress in July following lobbying by NPC and several national fraternity groups, would prevent colleges from investigating sexual assault cases unless the victim also reported the case to law enforcement, and even in those cases prevent the school from adjudicating until after the conclusion of the criminal investigation.
The Safe Campus Act is universally opposed by rape victims’ advocacy groups, which is unsurprising given that its primary purpose seems to be to prevent those accused of rape from facing punishment from their schools. The bill would make college campuses unequivocally “less safe” for women says Kappa Kappa Gamma sister and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who hopes that more Greek organizations will follow Alpha Phi’s lead.
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