Campus safety events held at SIUC

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - School leaders at Southern Illinois University say the biggest challenges they face are getting students to come forward and report sexual assault and being aware of what resources are available to them.

Wednesday night, they addressed both issues so everyone is on the same page.

"We're trying to promote the idea of being an active by-stander and intervening in situations that you see at the party, or you see where you're interacting with others," Megan Jones-Williams with the Women's Center said. "Stand up and be bold and talk about how violence is not acceptable."

A number of different campus departments came together to explain what role they play and the differences between each other.

For example, the counseling center is strictly confidential, no names go anyway. The Department of Public Safety may need to use names in order to file a police report or for legal reasons.

Another thing students learned about is the alleged victim and the accused both have the same rights if any action is taken.

"The reality is that one in four college women are likely to be assaulted during their college years and um that is a startling statistic and one that a lot of us don't want to really admit, but that is the reality and many students know that reality first hand," Williams-Jones said.

A glow walk was also held at 10 p.m. Wednesday where students and staff walked in support of Campus Safety Awareness Month.

The glow walk was sponsored by the Women's Center, another resource available to students outside of campus.

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