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Vice President Biden Visits UNH to Address Sexual Violence

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
April 6, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the University of New Hampshire on Monday, April 4, 2011, to introduce new guidance to help colleges and universities understand their civil rights obligations to better prevent sexual assault and violence committed against women. President Mark W. Huddleston and senior Sara Jane Bibeau also spoke. Photos by Mike Ross, UNH Photographic Services

Vice President Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan chose to introduce comprehensive guidance to help schools, including colleges and universities, better understand their obligations to prevent and respond to the problem of campus sexual assault at UNH Monday.

UNH has long been regarded as a leader in addressing violence against women on campus. In 1988, the university began funding the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, one of the country's first on-campus crisis centers to provide comprehensive confidential direct services and prevention programming to UNH students, faculty and staff. Last fall three UNH faculty members who research violence against women and develop effective programs to address it on college campuses were invited to brief the White House on their work and attend a reception at the residence of Vice President Biden to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. UNH also has a nationally and internationally recognized Bringing in the Bystander™ program, which has two components: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility™ in-person program and the Know-Your-Power™ social marketing campaign. It is being used at a number of institutions of higher education and other organizations throughout the United States and emphasizes bystander intervention and preaches that everyone has a role in ending violence against women. And the UNH School of Law, in conjunction with partners at UNH, will hold a national conference this October on recent innovations and research addressing domestic violence.

Watch his speech here: http://www.vimeo.com/21978819

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