Day One to offer sexual-assault prevention training for colleges

Day One, a nonprofit organization that works to address sexual assault as a community concern, will host a training program in sexual violence prevention for Rhode Island colleges and universities from Aug. 12-15. More

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Day One to offer sexual-assault prevention training for colleges

DAY ONE, Rhode Island's sexual and violent assault resource center, will host nine of the state's 11 colleges and universities for a four-day training session on how to prevent sexual violence.
Posted 8/8/14

PROVIDENCE – Day One, a nonprofit organization that works to address sexual assault as a community concern, will host a training program in sexual-violence prevention for Rhode Island colleges and universities from Aug. 12-15.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating 68 possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints, including an investigation at Brown University.

Brown, which is cooperating in that investigation, is one of nine schools that will participate in the Day One training event, said Kristy dosReis, Day One’s director of communications.

Nine of the state’s 11 institutions of higher education will have representation, with the exception of the New England Institute of Technology and Salve Regina University, which couldn’t arrange to attend, she said.

“The response has been very encouraging,” said Sandra Malone, Day One’s education and prevention coordinator.

With support from Johnson & Wales University, the training program being offered for the first time is called “Green Dot.” The so-called “green dot” represents the new behavior or set of behaviors needed to create a cultural shift in reducing “power-based personal violence” against individuals, said Malone.

During each day of training at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick, sessions will focus on developing and strengthening infrastructure, bystander leadership training, and social marketing of “Green Dot” concepts for schools, she said.

One in five women has been sexually assaulted while at college, according to “Not Alone,” a recent report by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

The training is made possible by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health. For more information, visit www.dayoneri.org.

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