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Combatting Sexual Violence on Campus

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This Monday, April 4, 2011, Vice President Biden will visit the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to call attention to the high rates of sexual assault and violence committed against young women in schools and on college campuses across the country. Young women aged 16-24 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault; in fact, 1 in 5 will be a victim of sexual assault during college. The Vice President and Secretary Duncan will highlight the Administrationís commitment to raising awareness and promoting policies to prevent sexual violence and assault against women of all ages. Also during their visit, they will introduce new guidance to help schools, colleges and universities understand their civil rights obligations to better prevent and respond to sexual assault.

For the first time in its history, the Office for Civil Rights is issuing detailed policy guidance that focuses on sexual violence.