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    Pacific to Host Day-Long Sexual Assault and Harassment Training

    Sep 27, 2010

    The headlines can be shocking: One out of every four female college students will be sexually assaulted during her time at college. Yet most of those victims will never report the crime to the police. Some won't report because they are scared, others because they believe the system makes it too difficult to prove a crime happened, and some because they don't know what happened to them is a crime under the law.

    On Oct. 14, Brett Sokolow, a nationally-recognized expert on sexual assault prevention and response, will lead several discussions about the policies, procedures, laws and best practices that surround college sex crimes. Two of the sessions are aimed at training faculty and staff on campus, but the day will end with a community discussion about sexual assault and what the courts look at to determine the meaning of "consent."

    This is the second year in a row that Pacific has hosted a sexual assault symposium.

    "Sexual assault is a complex topic that raises a lot of emotions for people," said Elizabeth Griego, vice president for Student Life at Pacific. "We hope these workshops will clarify how students can have constructive, positive relationships with each other, support each other, and to get help when they need it. For our staff and faculty, we hope to bring greater awareness of the laws and best practices around assault and discrimination, and teach our community how they can ultimately prevent sexual assaults."

    The day will start with a 10 a.m. to noon workshop for all staff and faculty who might receive reports of sexual assault and harassment. Definitions, available services, protocol, confidentiality and other issues will be explored. Then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., employees who are responsible for investigating student complaints will receive training on best practices for investigations, employee rights, how to conduct victim and suspect interviews, and other related issues.

    The largest session of the day will start at 6:30 p.m. when Sokolow will lead "A Conversation about Consent." He will offer informative, engaging scenarios leading to discussions on sexual consent, how to give it, and what it means. He will explore questions on whether consent can be withdrawn and how it can be communicated and interpreted under the law. Additionally he will discuss ways that bystanders can intervene and prevent a sexual assault from occurring.

    The first two sessions will be in the Grace Covell Lounge. The evening session will be held in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center Ballroom. The evening session is free and open to the public. Information about the 2 p.m. session is below:

    COST AND REGISTRATION

    The cost to attend is $129.99 per person.

    NASPA Region VI members received a 10% discount, for a rate of $116.99 per person.

    To register online, please visit http://www.ncherm.org/shop/catalog/index.php?cPath=42_46

    To download the PDF registration form to pay by cheque, click here.

    Registration deadline is Monday, October 11, 2010.