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Partnership provides sex assault services on Albright campus

READING, Pa. - Albright College said it's being proactive to protect students from sexual violence on campus. 

"Albright is actually the only college out of the five in Berks County that's accepted the offer to have domestic violence and sexual assault services on its campus," said Carmen White, an attorney with Safe Berks.

White spends at least two days a week on the school's campus in northeast Reading, where she can help provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault or just listen.

"University officials across the country have an obligation to report if they find out that sexual violence is occurring on their campuses. I don't have that obligation, so if a student wants to talk and really to keep [the conversation] confidential, I can do that," White explained.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, and 90 percent of victims don't report it.

"Albright is not immune to that, but we do take the necessary precautions to proactively prevent sexual assault," said Amanda Hanincik, assistant dean of students for the college.

Hanincik adds the college has a long-standing partnership with Safe Berks, but before this year, students would be referred to the organization's office in downtown Reading.

Now, a grant made it possible for Safe Berks to have an office on-campus.

"If you can have another resource available to students right on campus, why wouldn't you?" Hanincik told 69 News.

"Albright is making it easy [to get help]. College students don't always have a car on campus. They have really busy schedules," White concluded.


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