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The Daily Show perfectly describes the depressing reality of sexual assault on campus

Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

At James Madison University, a student had video of three fellow students groping her without her consent. The men were found responsible and expelled — "upon graduation."

Which, as Jon Stewart points out, is a pretty meaningless punishment: "Wait a minute. Expelled upon graduation? Isn't that … graduation? So no alumni tailgating or reunions or bringing your kids back to show them where you abused girls? My guess is those idiots went through worse punishment at their fraternity initiation."

Victims' advocates want expulsion (real expulsion, not expulsion after graduation) to be the automatic punishment for students found responsible for sexual assault. But some people worry that policy could actually deter victims from reporting assaults because they don't want to ruin their attackers' lives. Most victims of sexual assault knew their assailants before they were assaulted.

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