Universities work to prevent sexual assault on campus - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Universities work to prevent sexual assault on campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - California lawmakers are taking a stand against sexual assault on college campuses.

Under the "yes means yes" bill, state-funded universities would have to adopt a set of clear guidelines defining consent.

So how are universities working to prevent violence at Heartland institutions?

Experts say education and access to information could change the campus culture.

Southeast Missouri State University has an online sexual assault prevention course that students must complete.

Counselors said an open dialogue with students is important as well.

Brittany Talley works with campus violence prevention at Southeast.

She has in-class presentations to talk to students about sexual violence, consent and what the university can do to help.

She said it's important that students feel trust and support from the college and surrounding community.

Because, unfortunately, the rate of sexual violence against women is very high.

"A lot of the studies tell us that one in five women will experience a sexual assault on their college campus," said Brittany Talley, coordinator with the Southeast campus violence prevention program. "And I think that says a lot about our society as a whole but also college culture and so if we can do some things up front, like these prevention presentations, teaching through the student body or other class work about responsible sexual behavior, I think that will do a lot to bring that number down."

In an effort to raise awareness on Southeast's campus, the violence prevention program is partnering with the football team.

On Sept. 25, those athletes will wear T-shirts promoting sexual assault awareness, which Talley said, provides female students with a strong male ally.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • First Alert: Warm evening, not as muggy

    First Alert: Warm evening, not as muggy

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:14:10 GMT
    Sunrise over Lake Girardeau (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)Sunrise over Lake Girardeau (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)

    Temperatures will be warm this evening, but it will not be as muggy.

    Temperatures will be warm this evening, but it will not be as muggy.

  • Bird's nest fire, down power line caused electrical fires at Cape Girardeau businesses

    Bird's nest fire, down power line caused electrical fires at Cape Girardeau businesses

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:23:48 GMT
    Fire officials responded to electrical fires in Cape Girardeu (Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)Fire officials responded to electrical fires in Cape Girardeu (Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)

    According to an Ameren spokesman, a bird's nest on a pole caught on fire leading to a downed power line on Route K around 10 a.m.

    According to an Ameren spokesman, a bird's nest on a pole caught on fire leading to a downed power line on Route K around 10 a.m.

  • 2 wanted after iPhone stolen at Marion Steak 'n Shake

    2 wanted after iPhone stolen at Marion Steak 'n Shake

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:39 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:39:20 GMT
    The Marion Police Department is asking for help identifying two females in the Steak and Shake who reportedly took an iPhone from the restaurant. (Source: Marion PD, Surveillance Video)The Marion Police Department is asking for help identifying two females in the Steak and Shake who reportedly took an iPhone from the restaurant. (Source: Marion PD, Surveillance Video)
    The Marion Police Department is asking for help identifying two females in the Steak and Shake who reportedly took an iPhone from the restaurant. (Source: Marion PD, Surveillance Video)The Marion Police Department is asking for help identifying two females in the Steak and Shake who reportedly took an iPhone from the restaurant. (Source: Marion PD, Surveillance Video)

    The Marion Police Department is asking for help identifying two females in the Steak and Shake who reportedly took an iPhone from the restaurant. 

    The Marion Police Department is asking for help identifying two females in the Steak and Shake who reportedly took an iPhone from the restaurant. 

Powered by Frankly