CHRO Connects: Campus Sexual Assault Panel

On October 17, 2014, the CHRO sponsored the reception of a panel discussion at the Legislative Office Building regarding Campus Sexual Assault. The nine panelists, experts on the legal, social and practical dynamics regarding sexual assault on college campuses, included:

Anurima Bhargava U.S DOJ Civil Rights Division
Anne Mahoney, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney
Beth Hamilton, Director of Assault Crisis Services
Shanlon Wu, Private Attorney
Meighan McCary, U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Sandi Habor Fifield, Co-founder Culture of Respect
John Fifeild, Co-founder Culture of Respect
Condencia Brade, Executive Director SCESA

Parents, lawyers, educators, students, as well as political and organizational leaders from around the state and others were present. Panel topics included:

• Responsibility for enforcement of federal laws pertaining to sexual assault on college campuses
• Effective response to complaints of sexual assault and school disciplinary systems
• Preventing and addressing campus sexual assault: the victim’s perspective
• CT State Law: definition of sexual assault and evidentiary issues
• Prevention strategies for reducing sexual assault on campus

Those recommended to attend the event were college/university personnel, including Title IX coordinators, deans, women’s centers, athletic directors, coaches, rape crisis centers, medical/mental health service providers, campus police, RAs, disciplinary process personnel, student activity and organization administrators (intramurals, sororities and fraternities, bands, etc.) and students; and local police, victims advocate groups, state prosecutors, outside medical service providers and parents of students.