Sexual violence is a reality on college campuses and finding ways to address the issue can be a taxing effort; however, the White House announced new administration efforts to help colleges and universities address the issue of sexual violence. In an unprecedented effort to address sexual violence on campus, Vice-President Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the University of New Hampshire to announce the comprehensive guidance. Press Release
The announcement was followed by a conference call to the field, hosted by Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Domestic Violence, and Evan Ryan, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, to answer any questions and solicit future feedback from advocates, faculty/staff and others. This serves as an open invitation for feedback to the White House on ways to better provide services and response to sexual assault on campuses, including community efforts via rape crisis centers.
“Today we are strengthening our response to sexual assault in schools and on college campuses,” said Vice President Biden. “Students across the country deserve the safest possible environment in which to learn. That’s why we’re taking new steps to help our nation’s schools, universities and colleges end the cycle of sexual violence on campus.”