College student from Miami fights for fair treatment of rape victims

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When Andrea Pino was accepted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, it was the culmination of years of hope and hard work for the Miami native.

The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Pino is the first in her family to go to college and was among some 30,000 prospective students who applied in 2010. The nationally ranked university enrolls only about 4,000 new students each year.

“It was my dream school,’’ said Pino, a graduate of Miami’s International Studies Charter School.

But two years into her studies, Pino, 21, finds herself on the front lines in a national effort among students and parents to hold colleges and universities accountable for their treatment of rape victims.

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