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10.4.16 | Clare Kelway
What States and schools are doing to take action against sexual assault
Over the past several years, the conversation on campus sexual assault has come to the forefront more and more. Since this problem has only recently begun to be addressed, data is limited. However, it is estimated by the Association of American Universities that 23% of female undergraduates report some form of sexual harassment. This is a tricky number to rely on given that in some cases of sexual assault the victim never speaks up at all. In response to the growing numbers of campus sexual assault reports, some states and colleges have developed measures to try and educate students. Below are several examples.
Minnesota has recently put a new law into effect mandating colleges give incoming freshman a course on this within the first ten days of the school year. California was the first state to pass a law which requires affirmative #consent for sex to be considered legal. New York joined California in 2015.
Last year, George Washington University became the first college to make training mandatory for new students. The University of Michigan requires freshman to finish an online course on sexual assault prevention; while the University of California, Berkeley requires incoming freshman to attend a “Bear Pact” event, which instructs on how to intervene when a student sees someone else in a dangerous situation.