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SIU outlines steps to prevent sexual assault

CARBONDALE – Students, faculty and staff at Southern Illinois University will undergo more rigorous programs on sexual assault awareness and prevention.

That's part of the university's response to federal mandates requiring colleges to address sexual assaults.

Benjamin Newman is SIU police chief. He said the department has investigated one sex assault this year. There were four cases last year and six in 2012.

Newman said the real number is likely to be higher because some victims don't come forward.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that under the changes, incoming freshman will participate in an online awareness program.

Once on campus, student training will focus on how to help a friend who is an assault victim.

Faculty will get training on how to respond when a student reports they've been assaulted.

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