School officials, police and a number of anti-violence groups came together on Wednesday to announce coordinated efforts to combat sexual assaults on college campuses.
Connecticut State College and Universities president Mark Ojakian said he was joined by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the chief state's attorney, Hartford police and other state law enforcement officials.
"We are trying to change a culture but that takes time. We are troubled by the incidences that continue to happen around our nation at our college campuses," Ojakian said.
Just last week, a sexual assault was reported at a house party near the University of Hartford's campus, and in September, an incident was reported on Central Connecticut State University's campus.
Officials held a news conference took place 11 a.m. at Capital Community College in Hartford.
Hartford police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said they discussed their ongoing efforts to prevent and address sexual assault on college campuses.
Hartford's state's attorney Gail P. Hardy announced a grant that will help software called "Not Anymore," through which students can learn more about what sexual assault is and where to report it.
"These are crimes that have long been under reported," Hardy said. "One in five persons on college campuses have reported acts of sexual violence."
Foley called it a national issue and something his department is committed to help prevent.
"There are unique challenges and unique differences to sexual assault that happen on campus. It's important for us as officers to understand that, to train for it and develop the communication and relationships with our campuses," Foley said.
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