Two ways educators are tackling sexual assault on college campuses

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two new initiatives will be hitting college campuses to tackle sexual assault. It’s a subject that hits close to home for Capital Community College student Torre Shorter.

She has friends and relatives who are survivors. That’s why she’s relieved to hear about the two ways they’re tackling it on Community Colleges statewide. It’s a crime that’s wildly under reported. The Higher Education committee reports across the state over 40 victims reported a sexual assault at their public community college or university last year.

Torre Shorter said, “We can’t take the pain away. So, acceptance that’s the big thing.”

Thanks to a federal grant they’re also launching interactive software to educate students about sexual assault called “Not Anymore”.

It will be just a click away for students and holds vital information and survivor testimonies.

It also details partner violence, consent, and bystander intervention.

Plus, schools are strengthening ties with local police departments.

State’s Attorney Gail Hardy said, “To support the colleges in making the students aware that they can report these crimes.”

Now, police departments will have written agreements with schools and have a go-to officer to handle these types of cases.

“As leaders in higher education it is our responsibility to protect our students and to preserve our learning environment,” said Pres. of CT State Colleges and Universities Mark Ojakian.

“We need to help them and we need to pay attention. We need to make more initiatives,” said Shorter.

For more information about Not Anymore, click here.

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