Colleges work to combat rape on campus - KCTV5

Colleges work to combat rape on campus

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A White House report states no one in America is more at risk of being raped than women at college.

The numbers say one in five women have been sexually assaulted at college, most often while they were unconscious from consuming too much alcohol. Only 12 percent of student victims report the crime. The report has led President Barack Obama to create a task force to protect students from sexual assault.

Students at Johnson County Community College will soon see posters reminding them how to prevent sexual assault. They're just one example of what the president said he wants to see more of on college campuses.

Dean of Student Services at JCCC Paul Kyle is also a Title IV administrator that helps sexual assault victims.

"The government has stepped in and said you need to do more as far as protecting individuals," Kyle said.

It's a role the government mandated at college campuses two years ago, connecting victims with resources. But this year Kyle will be educating students also on how to prevent sexual assault.

"The emphasis on bystander training, that's the most effective way," he said.

JCCC students reacted to the White House report.

"I think a lot of people are scared to come forward and say something. A lot of media portrays women as asking for it," said Andrea Penzel.

A White House task force will look at better ways to prevent the epidemic and how to encourage men to get involved in the solution.

"It should be a more open thing so women can feel like they can talk about it if it happens to them," said college student Alex Hall.

Administrators say they aren't surprised by the president's task force. They said sexual assault prevention and victim support has been something campuses have worked on for a few years now because of federal legislation.

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