February 11, 2014
The University of Virginia is leading a conversation on the best ways to prevent sexual misconduct on college campuses.
Tuesday was the second day of a conference on grounds where students and faculty met to discuss the issue of sexual misconduct. UVa. Launched a national discussion, bringing 23 universities together in hopes to bring an end to sexual violence on college campuses.
"It's a difficult problem and each university has been dealing with it in isolation," UVa. President Teresa Sullivan said. "We felt that we could accelerate the development of best practices by bringing a number of universities together. That's what we've tried to do here."
The discussions included talks from assault victims, lawyers and university presidents to identify the challenges and find solutions.
"Sexual violence is the number one crime that students are experience on college campuses," said Salamishah Tillet, an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of a nonprofit advocating the end of violence against women. "It's already here. We're are trying to bring visibility to the issue and actually grapple with and wrestle with complicated and important solutions to this epidemic."
Dartmouth College will host a follow-up conference this summer to continue the dialogue and share the progress made.