WATCH: Jimmy Carter Visits Yale, Calls School Out For Dragging Its Feet On Sexual Assault

Jimmy Carter's latest social cause is speaking out against mistreatment of women, the topic of his latest book.

This afternoon, Carter gave an address on that subject at Yale University. Several times during his address, he alluded to Yale's own misconduct on the issue, such as its failure to expel students guilty of sexual assault.

“Why would anyone want a serial rapist to stay on campus?” mused Carter during his address. The topic of Yale itself came up again during the Q&A period. “I read one article on the way up here...that pointed out that Yale had I think in previous years six people only, students, six boys that have been found guilty or admitted that they had committed sexual assault and they had not been expelled...You can't just warn a boy and chastise him. That doesn't help. Expulsion is a very difficult thing for the university to accept as a policy.”

Carter's remarks brought sustained applause from the guidance.

“I think our policies and procedures have changed over the last year or two,” remarked the interviewer.

“I'm not surprised,” replied Carter.

Watch the clip below. The Q&A section is at 57 minutes.

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