NEXT AT 6.
ON TOO MANY COLLEGE CAMPUSES IT IS A PROBLEM NO ONE
WANTS TO TALK ABOUT.
NOW A WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
TO SEXUAL ASSUALTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.
NEWS 3'S DAVE DELOZIER JOINS US NOW WITH MORE ON
ERIC - RIGHT NOW SOME UNIVERSITIES BOAST LOW SEXUAL
ASSAULT STATISTICS - BUT THAT MAY BE BECAUSE THEY
DO NOTHING TO ENCOURAGE REPORTING.
U-W MADISON DOESN'T DO THAT - FOR EXAMPLE LAST YEAR
THERE WERE 67 REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULTS.
THIS TASK FORCE IS ENCOURAGING UNIVERSITIES TO ADDRESS
THE PROBLEM RATHER THAN HIDE IT.
one in five of everyone of those young women dropped
off that first day of school before the first day
of school will be assaulted, will be assaulted in
her college years.
WHICH IS WHY A WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE HAS BEEN CREATED
TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSUALTS ON COLLEGE
we're very excited that this is an issue that the
white house is addressing because this an incredibly
important issue that really does effect college campuses
across this country
KELLY ANDERSON IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE RAPE CRISIS
CENTER IN MADISON.
THEY WORK WITH - BUT ARE INDEPENDENT OF THE U-W MADISON
CAMPUS OFFERING CONFIDENTIAL FREE 24-HOUR SUPPORT
i think there is an assumption that sexual assaults
get reported to law enforcement.
nationally only somewhere between 10 to 40 percent
of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement.
CHIEF:we actually don't know the exact number of women
who are sexually assaulted but what we do iknow is
it is too many.
U-W MADISON POLICE CHIEF SUSAN RISELING WAS AT THE
WHITE HOUSE TODAY FOR THE TASK FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT.
TO PROVIDE VICTIMS WITH THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
NEEDED THE WHITE HOUSE HAS CREATED A WEBSITE: NOT
ALONE DOT GOV.
IT WILL HELP VICTIMS LOCATE CRISIS SERVICES - LIKE
THE ONE IN MADISON.
THE TASK FOR IS ALSO ENCOURAGING INSTITUTIONS TO STEP
UP AND DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM - SOMETHING U-W MADISON
ALREADY IS DOING.
BUT CHIEF RISELING BELIEVE MORE CAN BE DONE.
CHIEF:i also think trying to figure out how to communicate
effectively with young women and young men, the young
women to tell us when something terrible happens to
them, the young men to understand that no means no
and that absense of consent is not consent.
U-W MADISON ALREADY PROVIDES FIRST YEAR STUDENTS -
AND THEIR PARENTS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULTS
AND RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS.
THEY ALSO HAVE AN HOUR LONG ON-LINE LEARNING PROGRAM
THAT FIRST YEAR STUDENTS CAN TAKE BEFORE ARRIVING
AND ERIC - THE RAPE CRISIS PHONE LINE HERE IN MADISON
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