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UAPD hoping to end sexual assault stigma

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 08:47:08-04

As Sexual Awareness Month kicks off, students at the University of Arizona are focusing on reducing the number of sexual assaults on campus.

According to the UA police, 28 cases of rape were reported on campus in 2014.

Eighteen cases in 2015.

Seventeen in 2016. 

Shea Oliver, a freshman at the UA says, more can be done considering it only went down by one case.

Another freshman, Catherine Farias, believes campus police are doing as much as they can.

"You can't change people they have that mentality," said Farias.

Rick Leverton, junior at the UA says there's still work to be done because one rape is one too many. 

"I think faculty, especially teachers can talk about this and it doesn't have to be direct but bring it up," said Leverton. 

Campus police say that there are available resources available to students even if they choose not to prosecute their attacker. 

The I WILL campaign will provide workshops to students the week of April 3-7. 

The Women's Resource Center is hosting a UA Take Back the Night event on Wednesday, April 19 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.