Sexual Assault on Campus and Forensic Nursing
According to one recent study, as many as one in five female college students will be sexually assaulted in the course of her undergraduate career. According to another statistic, for every 1,000 women attending a university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year. Perhaps more troublingly, less than 5% of completed or attempted rapes against college women are reported to law enforcement, and reported assailants receive little or no punishment from their schools’ judicial systems. Nearly one year since the White House issued “Not Alone,” a report on steps colleges should take to address sexual assaults, and since the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights unveiled a list of 55 schools it is investigating for possible violations of Title IX, Duquesne University’s Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law is partnering with the university’s School of Nursing, Department of Public Safety and Title IX coordinator, local sexual assault nurse examiners and a leading sex crimes prosecutor to offer this timely seminar.