Heavy hitters step in to prevent campus sexual assaults

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One-in-five women are sexually assaulted while in college. It's an alarming number and now the White House is joining in the fight to help prevent sexual assaults on college campuses.

They've enlisted celebrities for a PSA encouraging men to say something and even step-in if they see someone in danger of being sexually assaulted.

"It actually gives a voice to those victims on campus who have been silent," said Sheila Spivey, Director of UNF Women's Center. "It encourages campuses that don't have services to add resources in place."

Spivey has worked for 15 years to prevent sexual assaults on campus and to lend a helping hand to victims.

"It's definitely an issue that we need to talk about," said Spivey.

Spivey is a huge supporter of the new "Not Alone" campaign, which encourages universities to provide better training for sexual assault victims advocates and recommends better investigations.

UNF Senior Broke Moxley says it's hard to believe that one in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college.

"Very scary because that could be like any girl sitting in your class really," said Moxley.

She says even more unbelievable is the number of sexual assaults reported on her campus. There were zero reports in 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, the university's records show there was one forcible sex/rape reported.

"Nope I don't buy it," said Moxley. "That's ridiculous. That's really sad that they feel they can't report it."

The White House is also looking into legislative options to require colleges and universities to conduct evidence based surveys in 2016, providing a better picture of what's really happening on campus.

The UNF Women's Center offers a crisis line where people can call to report any type of crisis including a sexual assault. That number is 904-620-1010.

The PSA produced by the White House features several actors, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.


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