Obama takes aim at college sexual assaults

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President Barack Obama established a task force to combat sexual assault on college campuses Wednesday, with the aim of promoting best practices for preventing assaults and working with federal agencies to hold schools accountable for addressing the issue.

The announcement followed a meeting between Obama and leaders of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which released a report examining rape and sexual assault. One in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, according to the report.

Almost 22 million women have been raped in their lifetimes, the report said, and the majority of victims are between 16 and 24 years old.

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