UR introduces new Center for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The University of Richmond is ramping up efforts to combat sex assaults on campus and make more resources available to potential victims.

Ronald Andrew Crutcher - Credit: University of Richmond
Ronald A. Crutcher. Photo: UR

UR President Ronald Crutcher on Friday issued a letter outlining steps the university is taking to address students’ heightened concerns regarding sexual violence prevention and response efforts.

Back in September, UR was in the national spotlight and received heavy criticism after two different students published articles in the Huffington Post claiming the university mishandled their sexual assault cases. When the university held an annual event aimed at taking a stand against sexual violence, many students walked out of the discussion after they said they did not get the answers – or the apology- they believe they deserve.

In his letter, president Crutcher announced the creation of a Center for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. The center’s resources will include the university’s position focused on education and prevention activities.

“As I announced previously, this will be a full-time, permanent position, for which the search is already underway. The University will also add a dedicated counselor in Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), with expertise in counseling and support of survivors of sexual violence. In January, CAPS will begin providing weekend and evening options for appointments, expanding access to that important resource outside of business hours.

Finally, the Center will also include a survivor advocate, a confidential independent resource who can assist students in accessing on-campus and local resources. The advocate will be knowledgeable about University processes and will provide support to students who pursue the campus conduct process, choose not to report at all, or choose to report to police.”

Click here to read president Crutcher’s entire letter.

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