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Cook County Sheriff’s Office holds seminar on campus sex assault

Friday, May 08, 2015
WGN TV

RIVER GROVE, Ill. — First responders from local colleges and universities around are attending a training session on how to handle sex assaults on campus. This is the first of it’s kind.

Officials say women on college campuses are not reporting sexual assaults nearly as frequently as they occur.

Friday’s course at Triton College is an attempt to help campus police fix that problem and ensure students safety.

The course will cover dynamics of assault, collecting evidence and documentation, and resources for victims.

Fifty first responders– mostly police officers– from 20 colleges and universities in the area attended the session hosted by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office.

It’s estimated that 1 in 5 women in college will be victim of sexual assault; 80 percent will be victimized by someone they know.

A survey the Sheriff’s Office commissioned last year of two and four year colleges and universities in Cook County revealed fewer victims are reporting these crimes.

Officials believe a properly trained staff can improve campus atmosphere towards sexual assualt and more victims will report crime.



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