SIU Stepping Up Sex Assault Awareness
CARBONDALE, Ill. (KMOX) - Students, faculty and staff at Southern Illinois University will be seeing more programs about sexual assault awareness and prevention in the next academic year.
It’s part of the university’s response to federal mandates requiring colleges to do more in dealing with sexual assaults.
Benjamin Newman is SIU police chief. He says the department has investigated one sex assault this year. There were four cases last year, and six in 2012.
Newman says the real number is likely to be higher because some victims don’t come forward.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that under the changes, incoming freshmen will participate in an online awareness program.
Once on campus, student training will focus on how to help a friend who is an assault victim.
Faculty will get training on how to respond when a student reports they’ve been assaulted.
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