Sexual Assault Programs to help Millikin Students and Staff

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Decatur- When parents drop off their children to college they wish for the best. No parent wants to hear of their child being sexually assaulted.

WAND’s Brigette Burnett looked into a new state law that protects victims of sexual assault.

At Millikin University in Decatur, programs are already in place for incoming freshman, transfer students and staff to confidentially report a crime.

"We believe and it is evident that consent is a cornerstone for providing a good environment for students," sad Raphaella Prange the Dean of Student Development at Millikin University.

Before first year students become familiar with campus, Prange said they go through a session during freshman orientation about the risks and responsibilities of the Title IX Compliance.

It partially states, "no person in the united states shall. . . be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

"That's how we train our students and transfer students and we're about to roll out in September an employee training as well."

To go further, Millikin just launched an entire student online training course that focuses on sexual misconduct.

"How you can employ good bystander behavior is very important too because we want all of our students to be part of our good campus that we have and employ a campus that is safe to other students as well,"
Prange added.

After all of the sessions are closed, the rest is up to the students. Meaning they need to pay attention to their surroundings and leave any situation they feel uncomfortable in.

"If a student ever comes to us and wants us to change their class schedule or where they live or work assignment on campus, or create campus orders of protection or help them with a civil protection process," Prange said they can.

Staff can also get students in touch with confidential contacts and university counseling if they were a victim of sexual assault.

"Anyone that has contact with students at some type of role of authority are going to be trained on how to work with students the best way possible if they become any victim of violence," Prange said.

New students spend three hours 

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