Universities address sexual assault

By Anna Carrera

Published 07/11 2014 05:00PM

Updated 07/11 2014 06:15PM

URBANA -- Universities across the country, as well as here in Illinois, are stepping up efforts against sexual assault. This comes after President Obama raised concerns about assaults on campus.

The University of Illinois already has a task force in place to teach people about the issue and help prevent it. Organizers say, since the President's recommendations, more people have been getting involved.

Molly McLay, assistant director of the Women's Resource Center at the UI, says, "Those of us who are working on the ground on this issue know that it is an issue. To see the federal government really look at it too and recognize what we've known for so long, I think, is really affirming to our efforts."

College leaders say students sometimes are at higher risk for sexual abuse. They meet with police on a monthly basis to talk about how to deal with the issue. Northern Illinois University started a task force of its own this week.

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