Voices spur change | Kansas Alumni magazine

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Campus News and News

Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 2, 2018 | KU's Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center SAPEC

Responding to crisis, KU’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center (SAPEC) has forged an innovative sexual assault prevention and awareness program that draws heavily on student input.

Heather Biele’s feature story in Kansas Alumni magazine, issue No. 2, 2018, describes how the center came to be.

Turmoil on campus

In September 2014, the Huffington Post detailed the story of an anonymous KU student who accused the University, Lawrence police and the local district attorney of failing to properly respond after she reported her sexual assault.

Within days, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little assembled a task force to examine how the University prevents and responds to sexual assault.

Game-changer

As the 2015 spring semester came to a close, task force delivered a report to the chancellor with 27 recommendations for improvement. She approved 22 of them. One of the recommendations was the creation of a sexual assault prevention and education center.

Jennifer Brockman arrived on Mount Oread in Jaunary 2016 as the first director of SAPEC, and she embraced the significant task ahead of her. She has spent her career providing support for those affected by sexual and domestic violence. Today, she leads a staff that includes two full-time prevention educators.

This spring, SAPEC moved into a stunning new space in a coveted location—the recently completed Burge Union in the booming Central District.

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