Sexual assault on campus: What people are saying


UNL vice chancellor tells students to be aware of sexual misconduct

Daily Nebraskan reports: “I think that every campus needs to be aware that sexual misconduct does occur,” said Juan Franco, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. “And we (as a university) need to be able to provide resources for the students and information so that they can report it, whether it’s happening to them or somebody else.”

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‘It’s On Us’ national campaign joins effort to end rape on campus

The Washington Post reports: “This is not your fight alone. This is on all of us, every one of us, to fight campus sexual assault,” President Barack Obama said.  “You are not alone. And we have your back and we are going to organize campus by campus, city by city, state by state. The entire country is going to make sure that we understand what this is about and that we’re going to put a stop to it.”

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Ohio State says sexual assault reports increased in 2013

The Lantern reports: “The Ohio State University continues to focus on training and education, improving our reporting process and increasing awareness of issues related to sexual violence, which is leading to increased reporting of these offenses,” University Police Chief Paul Denton said.

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University of Minnesota student leaders collaborate on prevention

The Minnesota Daily reports: “There are a lot of big decisions being made at a national level, and certainly at a state level and a local level, where students should be bigger players,” said Andy MacCracken, executive director of the National Campus Leadership Council, a group that works with student government leaders that facilitated the conversation with the White House.

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Big Ten Conference schools stand behind sexual assault campaign

The Patriot-News reports: “It’s definitely in the eye of the public just because it’s such as strong conference with strong schools,” Penn State undergraduate Vice President Emily McDonald said.  “And to have these big schools banding together for one thing…it’s great that we can stick together and stand as one on this.”

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UNC Project Dinah aims to empower sexual assault survivors

The Daily Tar Heel reports: “We hope they will leave the event with a different view of survivors than they came in with – seeing them not as victims. Many have spoken out against these issues and deserve to feel supported and to feel like a part of this community,” Project Dinah member Emily Siar said.

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College sexual assault victims speak out about attacks

New York reports: “He was a nice person,” said Emma Sulkowiczshe, a student at Columbia University “a cool person who was secretly really crazy.”

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San Diego campus needs more awareness

U-T San Diego reports: “The sense of urgency doesn’t seem to be there. On campus, there isn’t enough visibility to the issue,” San Diego State University Professor Huma Ahmed-Ghoshsaid said. “Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I want to see more information out there — maybe posters or fliers or stuff like that.”

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California adopts sexual assault reporting rules

KHON2 reports: “Every student deserves a learning environment that is safe and healthy,” Los Angeles Sen. Kevin de León said. “The State of California will not allow schools to sweep rape cases under the rug. We’ve shifted the conversation regarding sexual assault to one of prevention, justice, and healing.”

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Northwestern University students march for sexual assault victims

The Daily Northwestern reports: “I realized that it wasn’t just me,” said Megan Blomquist director of education and training at the Chicago organization Rape Victim Advocates. “It wasn’t just my friends, my family that were impacted. It was everyone. It’s the society we live in that allows rape to happen.”

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Penn State students carry mattresses to support  victims reports: “It was a relief to realize I wasn’t alone, but it was also horrifying to realize I wasn’t alone,” said Megan Lamb, a Penn State student.

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Sexual health group designs reporting system for campus assaults 

The Huffington Post reports: “We want to be clear: This is by survivors, for survivors,” Founder and Executive Director of Sexual Health Innovations Jessica Ladd said, “and us understanding and having empathy for the trauma that survivors go through after a sexual assault and just how scary the reporting process is.”

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 —Links compiled by Alexa West




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