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UPDATE: UW-Madison ready for recommendations from White House task force on college sexual assault

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison Police Chief Sue Riseling helped write recommendations released by the White House Tuesday to help stem the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.

Chief Riseling joined Vice-President Joe Biden at the White House in announcing those recommendations Tuesday afternoon.

At UW-Madison, students say they are aware of resources to help address student sexual assaults on campus, but they believe prevention efforts still need work.

"I do think there could be more done to influence and cut down on the number of sexual assaults," said Seth Loken, a junior at UW.

"People will even make jokes about it and I don't think its appropriate at all," added a UW Sophomore who only wanted to be identified as Maya.  "And I do think its a big issue on campus and a lot of people aren't willing to discuss it seriously with their friends."

PAVE, which stands for Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment, is a student organization that works to end sexual violence at UW.  Their chairperson says the White House's recommendations will only help their efforts.

"I'm always really excited to see what the University is gonna do, specifically with transparency and enforcement and trauma-enhanced support to survivors," said PAVE Chair Aly Jarocki.

The recommendations include campus surveys on student attitudes and experiences, to find how out how many students have been victimized.

"People believe its 1 in 5, some people believe its 1 in 4, if you take the survey and its localized data, then it can help you address the local problem," said Chief Riseling, a member of the White House Task Force To Protect Students From Sexual Assault.

Chief Riseling says another important recommendation is that male students play a bigger role in solving the problem.

"Its natural for people to get defensive.  Instead, I think what we need to do is bring them in as part of the dialogue, part of the solution, part of the way forward," said Chief Riseling.

"Its easy to be quiet, but when one person steps up, another person's gonna be more confident to step up," added Jarocki.  "So, the more we can engage men in that, the stronger our campus will be."


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released a list of recommendations Tuesday morning designed to cut down on the number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

The top suggestion is that schools conduct campus climate surveys to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on campus, test student attitudes and awareness about the issue and craft solutions.  The task force calls on schools to voluntarily conduct the climate survey next year and, based on what is learned, further refine the survey methodology.

The task force is also exploring legislative or administrative options to require colleges and universities to conduct such surveys in 2016.

There are also several recommendations on how to prevent sexual assaults by engaging male students in those efforts and how to effectively respond to assaults.

UW-Madison Police Chief Sue Riseling is one of the members of the task force and will appear at an announcement of the recommendations on the White House lawn Tuesday afternoon.

You can read the full report from the task force here.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will speak with officials at UW-Madison about these recommendations today and will have more on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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