New federal task force to address sexual assault on college campuses

Haldane
Hillary Haldane

Hillary Haldane, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is an expert on violence against women. She is available to discuss President Obama appointing a task force of senior administration officials to renew pressure on colleges and universities to prevent and police sexual assaults on campuses.

"President Obama's decision to create a task force to address college campus assault and rape is the right one," Haldane said. "One in five women will experience some form of rape or sexual assault during her time as a college student, yet the response to assaults across American college campuses is inconsistent at best.

"As head of the task force, Valerie Jarrett's decision to focus on the culture of rape on college campuses is an important shift in the discussion. This emphasis highlights the possibilities for men and women to work collectively to address and end sexual violence.

"Other White House officials have been pushing the issue for years, most notably Vice President Joe Biden, who authored the original Violence Against Women Act as a senator in 1994, and more recently has ushered in new Title IX obligations to address sexual violence on campus. This task force has the chance to bring together the latest findings and push for a more comprehensive and holistic response to violence than previous administration efforts."

Haldane has written several articles, book chapters and an edited volume devoted to the problem of gender-based violence. Her recent 2012 article on changing campus rape culture was nominated for the top article award for the scholarly journal "Violence Against Women." She has also worked for the United Nations in drafting the framework for addressing violence against women at the international level.

To schedule an interview with Haldane, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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