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College campus sexual assault prevention big part of awareness education

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In just about a month students all around the country will arrive at college campuses for start of the fall semester.   National stats from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network show that women between 18 and 24 are at higher risk for sexual violence on college campuses.

Last year Illinois State University had  an incident  where a female freshman student accused another freshman of rape during preview orientation.   The charges were dropped when the alleged victim decided not to pursue charges.  ISU Spokesman Eric Jome says after that incident the university began reviewing policies and procedures. 

"There's enhanced awareness of who's coming in and out of the buildings.  But as we had last year the buildings were secured.  People need to show ids to come in and out.  People were not allowed to have guests other than family members who were registered," he said.

At the beginning of each fall semester ISU campus police also teach a rape aggression self defense class called RAD.  It is open to all students.

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