ACA member Christine Murray spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about tackling the problem of sexual violence on college campuses.
Murray explained that it is important for trained, designated victim advocates to be visible and have a clearly defined role on their campuses so they can help survivors learn about their options for reporting and learn about resources available to help them in their community.
“Students on college campuses who experience sexual assault or intimate partner violence victimization often face many challenges in reporting their abuse,” Murray said. “They may fear the impact it could have on their academic or social standing, they may not know where to report the abuse or what the response will be, or they may blame themselves or have been told that the abuse they experienced was their fault.”
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