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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, February 12, 2014:
The numbers are alarming. A report last month from the White House Council on Women and Girls found that one in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses, but only one in eight students report it.
The report stated "No one is more at risk of being raped or sexually assaulted than women at our nation's college and universities."
In response, President Obama appointed a task force to make recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to report of crime, increase public awareness of each school's track record, and enhance coordination among federal agencies to hold schools accountable if they don't confront the problem.
The report suggested most sexual assaults are occurring at parties and are often precipitated by drinking or drug use. Sometimes, victims are incapacitated. Most of the time, victims know the person who assaults them.
Many victims feel like their reports are not taken seriously or investigated properly.
Wednesday's Smart Talk features an examination of sexual assaults on college campuses and what is being done to fight it.
Appearing on the program are Kristen Houser of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; Melissa Skolnick, who was sexually assaulted on a Pennsylvania campus and who now is active in educating the public; and Alison Kiss and Abigail Boyer of the Clery Center for Security on Campus.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape has a network of 50 rape crisis centers serving all 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The coalition helps to provide quality services to victims of sexual violence and creates public awareness and education. For more information, visit their website at www.pcar.org or call 1-888-772-7227.
The Clery Center for Security on Campus provides advocacy, education and training, and policy. More information can be found by visiting http://clerycenter.org/ or by calling 1-484-580-8754.
http://knowyourix.org/ is another available resource for empowering students to stop sexual violence.
From Left to Right: Kristen Houser of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and Melissa Skolnick, Penn State Student and Activist
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