U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon listens as Associate Attorney General of the United States Tony West addresses Campus Sexual Assault Service providers at United Tribes Technical College on April 25, 2014.Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann
On April 25, 2014, Associate Attorney General of the United States Tony West and North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon met with Campus Sexual Assault Service providers at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. The event was part of a nationwide university tour by top administration officials to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. Senior officials from the Departments of Justice and Education visited 20 campuses across the country, including public and private universities, community colleges, historically black colleges and faith-based and tribal-affiliated institutions around the nation to speak with campus administrators, local law enforcement, community partners, local service providers and students about how best practices and lessons learned are playing out in areas such as prevention, public awareness and peer support. The visits highlighted the role that federal, state and local government, working with university administrators, faculty and students, should play.
United Tribes Technical College is a recipient of the Department’s Office on Violence Against Women’s “Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program.” The Campus Program at UTTC funds efforts to adopt comprehensive responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, creating partnerships among campus entities and with community-based victim services organizations and criminal and civil justice agencies.
Associate Attorney General Tony West speaks in the Healing Room at UTTC. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann
In his remark at UTTC, ASG West noted: “I'm so impressed by what you've done [at UTTC] to be holistic in your response. You understand the importance of partnering with community organizations and collaborating with the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the Bismarck Police Department to provide training on the unique needs of Native American victims. Your Adult Abused Resource Center (AARC) provides monthly training to members of your campus community, including security personnel, Hearing and Violation staff, faculty, and residential and health and wellness staff. You know that staff training means that campus members can better respond to domestic and dating violence. Your efforts underscore the importance of ensuring that the entire campus community is educated about sexual assault, that each of us is invested so there's broad engagement and shared responsibility around this issue.“
Associate Attorney General Tony West watches a Fancy Dancer as part of the visit to UTTC. Photo: United Tribes News Dennis J. Neumann