Increased funds urged to stop sexual assaults

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Monday, July 21, 2014

While an increasing number of colleges are taking steps to overhaul how they combat sexual assaults, many are still failing to commit adequate financial resources toward addressing the problem, according to national experts.

Some institutions have relied too heavily on outside funding, including taxpayer-funded grants, to pay for efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence on their campuses, the experts say.

“Historically, higher education leadership has not stepped up,” longtime campus sexual assault researcher David Lisak said at a five-day conference on the issue at Dartmouth College last week. “For too long, the fight against sexual violence has been left to small cadres of highly motivated, but understaffed, underfunded, and underpowered individuals.”

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