Universities combat sexual assault on campus - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Universities take new initiatives to combat sexual assault on campus

Loyola University Photo Loyola University Photo

New Orleans universities implement new initiatives to combat sexual violence on campus, as research shows one in five women in college are sexually assaulted. 

"It's a violation. It's a violation of yourself and your body, and it's something you feel like is out of your control," said Alison CoFrancesco, a student counselor at Loyola University.

Working with students, CoFrancesco has seen the frequency and heart-breaking aftermath of sexual violence.

"Once they've experienced this type of violence, it feels like the control has been taken away from them," said CoFrancesco. "So, first and foremost, we want to empower them as much as possible."

The continued goal is to empower victims, but also to empower bystanders with the knowledge of how to intervene.

"When I go out I don't think it's going to happen to me ever, but I think I'm careful," said Taylor Cohen, a sophomore at Tulane University.

Before the first classes began, Tulane offered the chance for faculty, staff, parents and students to learn more.

"Tulane's put together an array of orientation and training sessions for students. We want them to be aware of the resources to help them," said Tulane University Provost Michael Bernstein.

For the first time, the university will ask all of its students about their experiences in a survey at the end of the semester in order to learn what resources worked and what else is needed.

"Everybody on the campus is responsible for this issue. It's not just a student issue, it's a university issue," explained Bernstein.

To educate the public and to support victims, Loyola University invites everyone to participate in the "Take Back the Night" march on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jackson Elementary School will NOT be closing next school year

    Jackson Elementary School will NOT be closing next school year

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:57:38 GMT
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...More >>
    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...More >>
  • Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi universities

    Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi schools

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:23 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:23:05 GMT
    In-state undergraduate students in Mississippi can expect a rise from $303 to $7,805 in tuition. (Photo Source: Pixabay)In-state undergraduate students in Mississippi can expect a rise from $303 to $7,805 in tuition. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall.

    More >>

    Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall.

    More >>
  • Mississippi receives $3.58M grant to fight opioid crisis

    Mississippi receives $3.58M grant to fight opioid crisis

    Thursday, April 19 2018 3:55 PM EDT2018-04-19 19:55:01 GMT

    The State of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.58 million grant to fight the opioid crisis, as announced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    More >>

    The State of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.58 million grant to fight the opioid crisis, as announced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly