Posted on May 5th, 2014
Campus sexual assault has been getting a great deal of press coverage recently. This is, in part, in response to increased federal efforts to combat campus sexual assault – efforts that are related to Title IX legislation, the Cleary Act, the SaVE Act, and the recently-established White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The Task Force is currently examining ways to lower rates of assault, exploring options for helping colleges and high schools keep students safe, and highlighting best practices among prevention programs.
Importantly, not only is Elemental a program that uses best practices, but one of its directors – Mellisa Holtzman – is also among a select group of researchers and program representatives who were recently invited to the White House for a briefing hosted by the Task Force. It was Mellisa’s distinct pleasure to represent Elemental in Washington, DC in April, 2014. During the briefing, a number of key individuals, including the Secretaries of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services as well as Vice President Joe Biden, talked about the “Not Alone” Task Force report, the newly-established compliance website, the current recommendations for universities, and the response and reporting requirements that will be forthcoming. We are pleased that Elemental can contribute to efforts aimed at keeping college students safe from sexual assault.