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Presentation will address sexual violence on campus
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The American Association of University Women Turlock/Modesto branch will host Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus on Thursday. - photo by Photo Contributed

A special presentation geared at stopping sexual violence on campus will be held at California State University, Stanislaus, just as a recently released crime report indicates an increase in sexual assaults at the university,

The American Association of University Women Turlock/Modesto branch will host “Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus” on Thursday. The free event will include a presentation from Sarah Beal from Haven Women’s center, who will discuss her work with victims of sexual assault and programs at the university like Warrior Watch and Title IX that work toward preventing sexual crimes.

Following Beal for a question and answer session will be Julie Johnson, the university’s Title IX compliance officer and other staff members.

At Stanislaus State, the number of sexual assaults rose from two in 2013 to seven in 2014, but University officials believe the increase is more likely born of new practices and standards that make it easier for victims to report sexual attacks, rather than a straight increase in the number of assaults.

All of the seven rapes reported last year occurred in the campus’ residential dorms and as of yet, there have been no arrests made in any of the seven cases.

Last year, California became the first to require colleges and universities to apply an “affirmative consent” or “yes means yes” standard when investigating campus sexual assault claims. That policy says sexual activity is only considered consensual when both partners clearly state their willingness to participate through “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” at every stage.

The presentation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the South Dining Hall in the Cafeteria Building on the campus. Parking will be free in Lot 8. The event is free and open to the public.