Missouri Southern focuses on sexual violence

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Southern State University is stepping up efforts to combat sexual violence as the issue receives more attention on campuses across the county.

The Joplin Globe reports that administrators talked about the effort with the Board of Governors last week. The school’s vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, Darren Fullerton, says the goal is “awareness, education and prevention.”

Fullerton’s presentation came on the heels of an Oct. 8 meeting that Sen. Claire McCaskill conducted in Springfield for higher education officials. It was part of a series of roundtables at colleges and universities across Missouri.

Fullerton says administrative departments would step up their training programs for personnel who work with assault survivors. He says more work is likely needed to ensure that students are knowledgeable about on-campus resources.

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