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RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands of college students across Virginia have begun classes for the start of the fall semester.  Thursday afternoon, at the south portico of the state capitol, Virginia policy makers announced plans to combat a major issue at campuses across the nation: sexual assault.

Six weeks into her freshman year at the University of Virginia, Emily Renda was sexually assaulted by one of her classmates after a party.

"It took me a while to own [what happened].  I felt very uncomfortable for about a year using the word rape," said Renda.

Renda spoke Thursday at the announcement of a new task force aimed at examining how Virginia colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.

Four Virginia universities are currently under investigation for how they handled the reporting of sexual assaults on campus.

Every public university or college in Virginia has signed on to participate in the task force, which will focus on a "survivor-centered" approach.

"I think it's important to have respect for where someone is in their healing process when they come forward to report," said Renda.

"The prevention model of yesterday was how to avoid being a victim," said Tammi Slovinsky with the VCU Wellness Resource Center.  "Now it's about how [students] can all look out for each other, and make sure that if we see something unsafe, we intervene.

In October, the Attorney General's Office plans on meeting with every major college or university in Virginia to discuss the expectations and procedures moving forward.

Renda said after her experience, she encourages all students and parents to discuss sexual violence on campus before heading off to school.

"Encouraging our sons and daughters to be mindful of each other, their surroundings, and what they should expect," she said.


  • manalishi

    A task force? Another “feel good” do nothing lack of priority example of democrat failure. Make an example out of offenders instead of hiding it as than colleges do. This is just more false hype as pert of the liberal agenda rather than focus on the jobs these students will need upon graduation.

  • Clyde McDonald

    Most of the claims are false allegations anyway (women tend to do that-they love “victim” status), so why waste tax dollars on a program like this?

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  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    I hope they are focusing on the problem. Young women are out of control. They are brought up to know about the power of their sexuality and they use it. College women need to be watched, seriously!

  • Robbie

    Sexual Assault on women is serious. I know they put themselves in bad situations some times but does that make it right? Of course the law doesn’t apply to Heisman Trophy Winners from Florida State. Matter of fact, no law applies to Jameis Winston. Had a white athlete sexually assaulted a black female like they did at Duke, the reverends Jackson and Sharpton would be raising hell. But wait, Dukes white boys were falsely accused. I wonder, did Jesse ever apologize? Ahhh no!

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