Ohio gathering aims to combat campus sexual assaults

(AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio education officials are gathering ideas from state and national experts for improving sexual violence prevention and response on college campuses.

Their summit Thursday at Columbus State Community College was organized through the state Changing Campus Culture initiative. All Ohio’s public institutions and several private ones were signed up.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education launched Changing Campus Culture last fall amid concerns that, despite existing programs, nearly 150 sexual assaults were reported on Ohio’s public campuses alone in 2014. The initiative provides resources and guidance for combatting the problem to both public and private colleges and universities, whether two- or four-year.

A 2015 survey found nearly a quarter of undergraduate women at more than two dozen participating universities reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact sometime during college.

 

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