Campaign at Amherst College to end sexual violence

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP)-   On Friday, Amherst College continues with its White Ribbon Campaign to end sexual violence and encourage bystanders to do something when they witness violent situations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Keefe Campus Center.

Students, faculty, and staff can learn about the resources available and what steps can be taken to do something when you see sexual violence and misconduct.

Everyone that takes the pledge will be asked to wear a white ribbon.

For more details on the resources that are offered and the campaign you can click here.

The Obama Administration recently promised greater transparency on the handling of sexual assault on colleges campuses.Thursday, the Federal Department of Education identified 55 colleges being investigated for their handling of sexual assault complaints.  Six of those colleges are in Massachusetts, including UMass Amherst and Amherst College.

The list by the DOE is a review of schools in compliance with Title IX, which requires equal access to education and extracurricular activities at school that receive federal funding.

According to the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, sexual violence interferes with that equal access, so schools need to work to stop sexual violence on campus.

UMass Amherst is on the list because it began a voluntary compliance check in 2011.  Amherst College is on the list because two people filed complaints back in November 2013.

However, both UMass Amherst and Amherst College have ongoing sexual violence prevention programs on campus.





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