"I Stand" to bring awareness to sexual assault

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 04/01 2014 04:54PM

Updated 04/04 2014 12:44PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI Police Department teamed up with students to raise awareness about sexual assault. It's a big issue on college campuses.

Police say at least one in four college women will be the victim of sexual assault during her academic career, but most of them are too afraid to report it. So, UI police partners with groups in the community to change that.

Throughout the month of April, they'll have guest speakers and events. They kicked things off with planting red flags, symbolizing "red flags" in a relationship which may turn abuse.

The goal is to make students comfortable with speaking out against sexual assault. The theme for this year's event is "I Stand." All events and programs are free and open to the general public.

Sexual assault is one of the few crimes where the victim leads the investigation. If you report it and don't want it to go any further, the department will stop the investigation. But, at least if you report it, they can get you help you may need.

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