As Title IX reform begins to pick up steam throughout the Higher Ed. landscape of the U.S, some experts are calling for more realistic educational programming and assertive continuing education that focuses on heightened awareness and prevention of sexual assault.
Institutions of Higher Education have an embarrassing recent history in regards to the prevention of sexual assault and repercussions upon the perpetrators. Title IX is a significant step in the right direction, but the burden of responsibility for definitive, positive action is upon each individual college and university.
Many schools have initial awareness initiatives for freshman, but the training rarely extends beyond orientation week. Students need to not only be empowered through education on sexual assault prevention, but provided with continued additional training about avoiding activities and situations that could increase the potential for sexual assault. Lastly, schools need to surround their students with more support and focus not only on protecting the innocent, but cultivating the transformation of potential perpetrators.
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