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It's hard to pin down the numbers on sexual assaults on college campuses. Women often don't report attacks to authorities, and studies vary on how they define an assault. Figures range from rates as low as 3% to as much as 20%. But even using the most conservative numbers, that means nearly 2,500 women attending college in Utah will experience rape or attempted rape this year. RadioWest hosted a three-part series on the complicated issues surrounding sexual assault. We talked about the culture that may be contributing to the problem, about prevention and how Universities respond when the unimaginable happens.

Responding to Sexual Assaults

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Monday, University of Utah President David Pershing joins us to continue our conversation about sexual assault on college campuses. We'll ask him how he's thinking about the issue as both leader of Utah's largest public university and as a father.  We'll then talk to journalist Robin Wilson and Westminster College's General Counsel Melissa Flores to discuss how it is that universities became responsible for handling assault cases and what new federal regulations mean for the way institutions protect their students.

Guests:

  • David Pershing is President of the University of Utah. On December 1st and 2nd, the University will host a Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar. That is the Act that regulates universities and colleges reporting requirements and defines basic rights for victims of sexual assault. More information on the training is available here
  • Robin Wilson is a senior writer for Chronicle of Higher Education. Her articles include Why Colleges Are on the Hook for Sexual Assault and Presumed Guilty
  • Melissa Flores is General Counsel for Westminster College. Last month, she helped organize a sexual violence symposium called Not Alone.
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