SDSU focuses on educating students on sexual assault prevention

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SAN DIEGO - San Diego State University is focusing on educating students on making smart decisions in social interactions, after three sexual assaults took place on campus since the start of the 2014 Fall semester.

Beth Downing Chee, Media Relations Manager at SDSU, said the university has already extended their new student orientation on sexual assault awareness and prevention from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

"I think some people are hearing what's going on [and] they're assuming that it's bad guys hiding behind in the bushes and in this case it's just not what's going on... These are acquaintance situations where someone has maybe met someone at a party and gone back home with them, taken them to their apartment, it's someone that they know. So it's a concern, but it's a different set of concerns."

Chee also said the University has ongoing educational programs and activities throughout the year that is intended to raise awareness on sexual assault prevention.

However, campus police patrols have not increased.

"Our police can't patrol behind closed doors and there's only so much we can do that way so what we're really focusing on is education," Chee explained.

According to Chee, in the recent sexual attacks, the victims knew their attackers.

"In order to stop this, it's everyone's responsibility. So whether it's you taking responsibility to not drink to the point you're making bad decisions, whether you're a male or female, and also to pay attention to your friends," Chee said.

San Diego State is also working to get a women's resource center up and running. No word yet when that will officially get underway.


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