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Safety against sexual assault and other crimes gearing up for the start of college

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

Last year Illinois State University had an incident where a female freshman  accused another freshman of rape during the preview orientation.  The  charges were dropped when the alleged victim decided not to file charges.  ISU Spokesman Eric Jomesays 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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