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Editorial: Use DOJ funds wisely to address sexual assault

Carroll County Times

October 12, 2016


Women in college are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than robbed, three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the average female, and more than 11 percent of all undergraduate and graduate students — male or female — have experienced sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation, according to RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

To say sexual assault continues to be a problem on college campuses nationwide would be an understatement, and it is of the utmost importance that institutes of higher learning put an emphasis on efforts to stop these offenses before they happen, quickly responding when they do occur, and providing support and resources for students who become victims of sex crimes.

Our hope is that a collective $750,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice for 10 Baltimore-area private and public colleges and universities, including McDaniel College in Westminster, will help do just that.

The grant is intended to help the schools develop new strategies to prevent, respond to and investigate allegations of assault and dating violence, as well as holding offenders accountable and strengthening victim services on campus and in the community.