Challenges in Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence at American Community Colleges

Publication Date: 2016
Abstract: "In April 2016, the National Center for Campus Public Safety partnered with the American Association for Women in Community Colleges to facilitate an emerging issues forum to identify the areas of critical need for community colleges regarding prevention and response to sexual violence, as well as to elicit recommendations to mitigate those challenges. The group included safety leaders from 14 community colleges across the nation.

Forum participants discussed four types of challenges community colleges face relating to the prevention of and response to sexual violence: nonstandard physical security; cumbersome compliance; cultural barriers; and lack of resources, education, training, and support services. Participants also discussed personnel management, training, and funding related to the prevention of and response to sexual violence at community colleges. The group then worked to develop a broad array of recommendations for addressing those challenges. This report was produced as a result of the forum."