Scholar’s sexual violence study rejected

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The University of Oregon has rejected a proposal from a UO professor and sexual violence expert to conduct a “campus climate” survey that could reveal accurate rates of sexual victimization on campus.

Psychology professor Jennifer Freyd asked the university last month to fund the survey, which she proposed administering if the UO gave her access to email addresses of 1,000 randomly selected students and $30,000 to pay students to participate in the 30-minute survey.

Freyd, who has studied institutional betrayal and sexual violence for more than two decades, presented her research to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault earlier this year and advised U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has been working to combat military sexual trauma and campus sexual assault.

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