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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 9, 2015

U.S. Attorney’s Office Raises Awareness Of Campus Sexual Assault

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has partnered with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to co-host a one-day training on Campus Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Since 1999, OVW has funded approximately 322 campus-based projects, totaling more than $122,789 million, to address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campuses. Today’s training addressed specific topics, including prevention, response and investigation, effective collaborations, and best policy practices. More than 160 attendees participated, including law enforcement, state prosecutors, colleges and universities staff, victim advocates, and victim-service providers.

The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was established in 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to help combat sexual assault on their campuses. The Department of Justice has tailored this collaborative victim-centered campus sexual assault training to address particular areas of need in our communities.

For more information about the training and OVW’s Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program, please contact Darlene Johnson at (202) 307-6795. Information about the Office on Violence Against Women can be found by visiting: www.justice.gov/ovw.

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Updated February 10, 2015