Friday, August 7, 2015

Dept. of Justice Launches College Sex Assault Education Website

The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has launched a new website to help colleges address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.  The new site is:

The site is meant to provide a single resource containing information on rape, domestic violence, dating issues and stalking.  Pursuant to the Federal Civil Rights Act (Title IX - the "gender equality equity law"), all colleges and universities that receive federal funding are required to have plans in place for these issues.  The site is meant to be a resource for administrators and other professionals in charge of student affairs.  It contains webinars and even "compliance checks" to determine if the schools are complying with federal regulations.

In a news release by the DOJ, they pledged to continue to improve this resource by consulting with experts, campus-based organizations and college personnel.  They hope this will serve to decrease the level of sexual assaults and violence between couples in intimate relationships.