UT's conference on campus rape begins Friday

Sexual assault conference on UT campus

AUSTIN - As a part of a two-day conference that kicks off Friday, the University of Texas is looking at recent regulatory and legislative responses to sexual assaults on campus.

The conference, which will take place at the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, is in response to the "perceived epidemic of campus rape," according to UT. 

Laura Kipnis of Northwestern University -- a well-known video artist and author on topics regarding gender and sexuality -- will keynote the conference Friday.

Other participants will include legal and public policy experts, a psychologist specializing in witness memory, educators who have taught courses focused on rape, university administrators and representatives of rape survivors.

Just last month, UT announced that they already started training all 600 officers on its 14 campuses across the state on how to properly respond to sexual assault cases. The training is based on scientific research aimed at improving the handling of sexual assault cases from beginning to end. It's an effort to shift "the culture in law enforcement's approach to sexual assault."

The conference starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday.


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