U of A Students Team Up with Police to Stop Sexual Assault


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA)– Students at the University of Arkansas are taking campus safety into their own hands.

Two reports of sexual assault have recently been filed by Campus Security Authorities, with one case happening in Yocum Hall just last week.

If a report is filed with a Campus Security Authority, like an RA or a bus driver, and not police, the individual involved stays anonymous and the police department can not investigate the case.

To Cpt. Gary Crain of UAPD, not reporting is a problem.
He said, “It can help prevent it from happening to somebody else, so it’s important to let the community know what’s going on. It’s also important to make sure that people who are committing crimes have been identified and have their justice delivered to them.”
According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, only 20 percent of female student victims actually report to law enforcement.
“I think a lot of it comes from shame, and it’s a cultural thing. Like, it happens to a lot of people,” said Maria Calderon, Director of Student Safety.
Students at the University of Arkansas are taking a stand against sexual assault because it’s not just a problem here.
“It’s a problem everywhere. It’s not specific to the U of A,” said Calderon.
To take safety into their own hands, these students teamed up with local organizations and police to make sure this doesn’t become a common occurence.
Maria Calderon said helping sexual assault victims is something she wants to dedicate her life to.
“I care because I think everyone should care. I think we’re just kind of in an era where people started talking about it, and if you look around in the people in your community, your roomates and stuff, more than one will have probably experienced this,” she said.
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