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Wednesday, April 22 • 10:25am - 10:45am
Preventing Sexual Violence at UNCA: A Survivor’s Perspective

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Sexual assault and rape on college campuses is garnering increasing coverage in the media. In April 2014, President Barack Obama created the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault; national awareness of this insidious problem is rapidly expanding. However, there are still rampant violations of Title IX legislation occurring at colleges and universities across the nation. According to the university website, UNC Asheville “believes that health education and promotion are important to the learning outcomes for all students.” This paper argues that, as part of this initiative, it is the university’s obligation to make its policy regarding strict Title IX enforcement better as well as to enhance Haven, the compulsory online education system for ameliorating students’ awareness of sexual assault and rape. In order for UNC Asheville to truly ensure the health and safety of its students, it is imperative to improve education, visibility, and resources related to the prevention of sexual violence on the campus. Using scholarly research in conjunction with subjective experience of a survivor of rape on three different college campuses along the east coast, the paper outlines necessary changes to UNC Asheville’s existing policies related to sexual violence education as well as legislation and protocol for reporting sexual assault.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 10:25am - 10:45am
246 Zageir Hall

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