Campus Sexual Assault

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Pennsylvania is in the early stages of enacting new requirements designed to reduce sexual assault on college campuses.

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About a $1 million is going out to 38 colleges around the commonwealth to fund efforts against campus sexual assault.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the allocation Wednesday, and also took a moment to weigh in on federal campus assault policy.

This is the fourth year Pennsylvania has given colleges grants as part of the national It’s On Us campaign.

The schools use the grants for things like training on consent, and programs to teach students about bystander reporting processes.

Bystander Rape-Prevention Programs Face Questions

Oct 9, 2017
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Training programs around the country are trying to teach bystanders to stop sexual assault, and now is when they have to be especially alert. Campus sexual assault reports are so common at the beginning of the fall semester, college administrators call this time of year the "red zone."

Penn State University sends campus-wide text alerts when someone has been sexually assaulted. During the last academic year, there were 29 campus text alerts about sexual assaults at the university's main campus, and half of them were issued in the first ten weeks of school.