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Program Looks to Bring Awareness of Sexual Assaults at NDSU

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An alleged rape on NDSU's campus Sunday night has brought attention to the number of sexual assaults reported at the university.

Officials say the numbers are up, but there is a reason behind the increase in reports. As police continue to investigate a sexual assault that took place on the campus of NDSU, Sarah Dodd works to make sure other's don't happen. "Sexual assaults happen on all college campuses," says Dodd.

Dodd is the assistant director of the Sexual Assault Prevention Program at NDSU. "Assaults most often occur with people who know each other," says Dodd. Dodd says there are peer groups on campus and events like the Clothes line project to raise awareness about sexual assault. "We're here to provide as much help as we can," says Dodd. In the past year the number of sexual assaults reported have gone up, but Dodd believes it's because more people feel safe about coming forward. "We have implemented a 24 hour help line," says Dodd. She says she wants victims to know there is a safe place to come forward. "We do receive reports and calls," says Dodd. And working to create new programs and getting students involved, Dodd says will make the campus a safer place.

The NDSU Sexual Assault Resources and Advocacy help line is available twenty four hours a day. Campus police are still looking for information on the sexual assault that took place on Sunday night. Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.

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