Campus responses to sexual misconduct focus of conference in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The University of Kentucky Center for Research On Violence Against Women (CRVAW) is hosting a national conference called  “Campus Responses to Sexual Misconduct”.

The research center says around 140 people from 26 states, 53 institutions, companies and organizations are registered to attend the two day conference at Lexington’s Hyatt Regency.

Organizers say the conference is a venue to discuss ways to prevent sexual misconduct on campus and how to better help students who are victims.

During the convention — guests will hear from high profile speakers and panelists to discuss the best practices for school administrators, staff and counselors when dealing with sexual violence issues.

Caitlyn Hood is a University of Kentucky student  and studying clinical psychology and says the topic is a delicate one, but needs to be discussed at conferences like this.

“I think UK does a good job about offering services to students.  I think there are different organizations on campus that are targeted at individuals who’ve been affected by violence and by victimization, but often times these students don’t know about resources that are available to them. That’s part of why this conference is so important. It addresses how do we get students to use them whenever they have been victims,” said Hood.

Every year students at University of Kentucky are given a campus climate survey. It’s a tool the Center for Research on Violence Against Women uses to get students’ impressions of sexual misconduct on campus.

Dr. Diane Follingstad says the information obtained from the C.A.T.S survey is critical to their research.

“If you are at a college and you’re a victim of sexual violence -we expect that it will interfere with you’re educational experience. The idea is that we at least know within federally funded universities that we can take a much closer look at sexual violence occurring and see what we can do to help people for whom its happened to them,” said Dr. Follingstad.

Results for the 2017 C.A.T.S. survey will be available in October.

The CRVAW “Campus Responses to Sexual Misconduct” conference will conclude on Friday at 2 p.m.


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