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State Grant To Support IU's Rape Prevention Efforts
Updated November 6, 2014 9:48 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University has received a $165,000 grant from the Indiana State Department of Health to bolster its initiatives aimed at preventing rapes and sexual assaults.

According to a press release, the one-year grant from the Department of Health Office of Women's Health will create two full-time positions for a project coordinator and a sexual assault education and prevention specialist and one part-time position for a research assistant, to address sexual violence-based issues.

The full-time project coordinator will be responsible for facilitating online conversations, coordinating activities across all IU campuses, encouraging information sharing and planning conferences and training. This position will be based at IU-Bloomington.

The full-time sexual assault education and prevention specialist, which will be based at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis, will focus on developing a system-wide approach to assessment, identifying partners in local communities and maintaining relationships with state agencies.

The part-time research assistant will be based at IU-Bloomington and will assist in campus efforts and work to serve populations that are consistently underserved.

Two conferences for IU staff and students aiming to improve practices on all eight campuses will also be funded by the grant.

The first conference, will be held in the summer of 2015 to educate IU staff on the ways in which sexual violence can lead to psychological trauma so they are better equipped to respond to victims' needs.

The other, in fall 2015, will provide training for student leaders and staff on bystander intervention.

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