In a “Craig Investigates” segment for the 10/27/2013 episode of Geraldo at Large, Craig Rivera discussed rampant binge drinking on college campuses and recent incidences of rape that generated little sympathy.
Craig Rivera began his report by speaking with Daisy Coleman, the Maryville, Missouri girl who was a victim of rape at age 14. As her mother explains, the case was later dropped after it was revealed that Coleman and her friend were under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors claimed this would make the case too difficult to prosecute.
Next, Craig Rivera detailed a 2012 incident in Steubenville, Ohio when members of the high school football team carried an intoxicated 16 year old girl from party to party. She is raped repeatedly, and the actions are broadcast for peers to see on social media.
Craig Rivera speaks with Koren Zailckas, a rape victim and author who now travels to college campuses and military bases to explain to kids that sexual assault can often follow binge drinking. Zailckas explains that half of all eighth graders have tried alcohol.
Craig Rivera then traveled to the University of Connecticut (UConn) to discuss the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Recently, seven assault victims who attended UConn came forward to discuss their experiences and some of them were intoxicated at the time. One victim was surprised to see her assaulter back on campus and after the University failed to carry out justice, she hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.
Back in Maryville, Craig Rivera shares that prosecutors are filing new charges related to Coleman’s sexual assault case. Craig Rivera ends the segment by emphasizing that there is still work to be done, as 20% of female UConn students will be molested by their senior year, with alcohol typically being involved.
Watch the full segment below:
Rape on College Campuses: Is Binge Drinking to Blame? from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.