Investigating And Prosecuting Sexual Assault On Campus Training Held At EKU
The head of the Office of Victims Advocacy in the state attorney general’s office says reporting of sexual violence on Kentucky’s college campuses remains very low. A three day training program wrapped up Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University.
Prosecutors, police detectives, victim advocates, and university personnel all participated in training in Richmond. Gretchen Hunt from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office said building trust is a key to see increased reporting. “It’s sort of counter intuitive that you want higher reports of sexual assaults on college campuses. But, what that means is more survivors feel safe in coming forward to report what’s happening to them to get services and hold what are often serial offenders accountable,” said Hunt.
Hunt said a session on day one of this week’s conference included discussion on how the U.S. Military has addressed sexual assault in its ranks. The victims’ advocate added that has led to increased reporting and decreased incidence of sexual violence.