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NEW: Day One Responds to White House Sexual Assault Task Force

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 

Day One, the sexual assualt and trauma resource center, has issued a response to the White House Task Force recommendations on college sexual assault.

“Campus sexual assault has been a pervasive problem for decades. We are encouraged that the administration, through The White House Task Force to Protect Students Against Sexual Assault, has taken a leadership role in making some of the strongest recommendations to date to combat this problem. Day One applauds these efforts while recognizing, as noted in the report, that these initial recommendations are only a first step," said Day One in their release.

Read the White House Report HERE

“The report is a blueprint for change,” says Peg Langhammer, Day One executive director. “It’s clear that the courageous work of so many survivors at colleges across the country has been the driver of this change and has motivated the government and others to act. We are ready to work with universities in Rhode Island to put these new recommendations into effect.”

Recently, Day One weighed in on the recent sexual assault case at Brown University. Langhammer told GoLocalProv, "Sexual assault is a crime, and colleges aren't equipped to deal with crimes. First degree sexual assault can carry a life sentence."

Day One: "Strongest Recommendation"

Day One acknowledged that the report is a "starting point". "The work is really just beginning," said Day One, stating that some of the report’s strongest recommendations include:

  • Annual campus climate surveys to gain a more accurate measure of the problem by leveling the playing field and creating more transparency in reporting.
  • Engaging men as allies in the process. Although most offenders are male, most men are not perpetrators. Day One has found that the most effective prevention programs include Bystander Intervention as an essential part of the solution.
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)s with local sexual assault centers. Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island that deals specifically with sexual assault and will continue to be a part of the solution.
  • A dedicated web site (notalone.gov) with central, accessible resources for students and schools in clear, unambiguous language.

"Day One is eager to provide expertise in trauma-informed training, prevention, and advocacy to support colleges and universities in the work that lies ahead. We will be reaching out to all of these institutions to initiate the recommended MOU process. We look forward to helping create real change in our state on the issue of campus sexual assault and believe these recommendations are a good starting point," said Day One in their release.

 

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