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Updated: 03/27/2014 10:33 PM
Created: 03/27/2014 1:43 PM WDIO.com
By: Brittany Falkers
Sexual assault and domestic violence are major issues for college campuses across the country, but one Northland university is making it easier for students to get the help they need in a more discreet way.
Sexual assault happens more than you might think and the University of Wisconsin Superior wants their students to get the help they need.
"It's a societal issue that we need to give some time and energy to." Associate Dean of Students Tammy Fanning said.
In the U.S. someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 to 25 percent of women in college report experiencing attempted or completed rape.
That statistic is something Fanning and other officials at UWS want to see change. "Anything we can do to make it easier, more comfortable to report, to get assistance and to stop it possibly from happening, the better," Fanning said.
That's why UWS is filling all of the bathrooms on campus with pamphlets full of information sexual assault and resources for victims to get help. They define sexual assault, remind victims they are not alone nor are they to blame and they also give many resources for counseling and reporting.
"If somebody knows a friend who's been sexually assault, then they can grab one of the brochures. They can actually take it along with them and help a person out. So, the brochure has all types of information in there," Fanning said.
UWS has used posters and pamphlets around campus to raise awareness about sexual assault in the past, but now its readily availible so you can take it with you.
"People will not willingly look for this information," Student health and Counseling Coordinator Dawn Schulze said. "So, this was a convenient and private way of getting the information to them."
Schulze says that UWS encourages their students to speak out and get help, but they also want their student to be proactive to prevent sexual and domestic abuse. One example is their Red Flag program, which teaches students to identify warning signs.
"There are steps leading up to the assault actually happening," Schulze said. "So, I consider those to be the red flags."
The main objective is to give students the tools they need to speak out and break the silence of sexual assault.
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