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Rape is a societal issue, not just a college issue

Stanford University student Brock Turner, his face synonymous with sexual assault on college campuses, is expected to serve half of his six month sentence, which touched off a social media firestorm and put campus safety into the spotlight.

But victim advocates say this is not just a college issue, but a societal issue.

In what seems like the blink of an eye your child is moving into their college dorm. You think of how fast the 18 years have gone, how these next four will go even faster. But what you never expect is to get a call that your son or daughter has been sexually assaulted.

“I don’t think any parent wants to get the call that their child has been charged with a sex crime, and that can be prevented by asking consent,” victims advocate Erin Williams Hueter said.

As students prepare for college in the fall Williams Hueter encourages parents to start having conversations with their children now.

“When it’s okay to touch somebody, when it’s okay to ask someone to be with you, what does it really mean to say yes, what does sexual behavior look like,” she said.

The victim in the Stanford case wrote a powerful letter addressing Turner, that has since gone viral. In it, she exposes the blame, guilt and personal violation she endured. She repeatedly brings up her inability to consent the night of the attack. Victim advocates say the only way that will change, if we change as a society.

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June 17, 2016

Clery data can indicate which colleges need to improve how they encourage students to report rape and sexual assault

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June 17, 2016

1000+ COLLEGE CAMPUSES HAD ZERO REPORTED RAPES IN 2015 BUT THAT MIGHT BE A BAD THING

An analysis of federal campus safety data for more than 2,000 college campuses in the United States found that more than half of them had zero reported rapes on campus in 2014.

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June 16, 2016

How Prevalent Is Campus Sexual Assault in the United States?

A review of research from the last 15 years finds that although prevalence rates vary, they all indicate that a substantial number of college students are sexually assaulted.

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June 16, 2016

State colleges work toward campus safety after various incidents nationwide

CLARKSBURG — Wednesday’s active shooter situation at UCLA, which ended in what’s being reported as a murder-suicide, resulted in a lockdown of the entire campus. Bob

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June 15, 2016

At Stanford Commencement, Protest amid the reverly

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The 1,775 Stanford University undergraduates who received their degrees at Sunday morning’s commencement ceremony here paraded into the football stadium

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June 14, 2016

10 Questions Every Parent, Student Should Ask About Campus Safety

University officials should be willing to answer safety concerns that worry families, experts say. Researching campus safety can make the cumbersome process of finding the right

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June 14, 2016

I Won’t Feel Safe On My College Campus

Youth Radio’s Esmé Ablaza just graduated from Palo Alto High School, near Stanford University. In this commentary, she offers her thoughts on sexual assault as a

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June 9, 2016

These colleges have the most reports of rape

Nearly 100 colleges and universities had at least 10 reports of rape on their main campuses in 2014, according to federal campus safety data, with Brown University and the

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June 9, 2016

A Changing Target: Preparing for Active Shooters and Terrorism in 2016

School shootings have been a heavy weight on the mind of administrators and school safety officials for decades, but recent active shooter incidents and attacks in cafes, concert

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