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MU Takes Action To Prevent Sexual Assaults

Reported: May. 2, 2014 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: May. 2, 2014 11:06 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- More times than not, women are the victims in sexual assault cases and, at Marshall university, many are breathing a sigh of relief that their school isn't on that list of schools under investigation.

While that's comforting to the students who spoke with Eyewitness News, you can never be too careful.

Marshall won’t find its name on a list of 55 universities that are under federal investigation due to their handling of sexual assault cases, something that's comforting to junior J'leigha Long.

"We are alert about it,” she said. “They investigate it to their fullest, and everyone feels safe."

Leah Tolliver, director of the university’s women's center, offered her thoughts.

"I'm not surprised we are not on the list, because we, as a university, do a lot of preventive efforts," she said.

The efforts include constant patrols from Marshall University police officers and panic buttons spread throughout campus to alert dispatchers of an emergency.

But the biggest measure Marshall takes? Education.

"Before they even get to our campus, we are sending out information," Tolliver said.

Most sexual assault cases actually happen on dates, so one of the big things Marshall educates students on is knowing the 'red flag' warning signs



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