Charges of rape and sexual assault on college and university campuses — and criticisms of how school officials investigate and adjudicate them — are receiving unprecedented attention. Young women who say their schools mishandled their assault cases have formed advocacy groups, and they and others have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, which is investigating allegations at 86 colleges and universities. Student activists are pressing schools to increase their anti-sexual-assault efforts, inspiring new state legislation, safety tools and intervention training programs. But as momentum builds to hold schools more accountable, civil libertarians say the pressure is causing some schools to violate the rights of accused students, who are pushing back in the courts. Meanwhile, college and high school students increasingly are suffering harassment and cyberbullying, especially via new anonymous apps.

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