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Effort seeks to help schools prevent sex violence

6:51 AM, Apr 4, 2011   |    comments
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UNDATED (AP) -- Federal officials are kicking off a national awareness campaign Monday about sexual violence in schools.

They want educators to better understand how to prevent and respond to sexual assaults.

Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are scheduled to appear at the University of New Hampshire to announce the initiative that involves colleges as well as public and private K-12 schools.

The regulations are not new, but the effort to promote them is.

Officials say schools need comprehensive guidelines for all aspects of the issue including helping victims and disciplining perpetrators.

The Education Department says nearly 20 percent of college women and 6 percent of men will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault.

The department's Office of Civil Rights says students at the K-12 level are also vulnerable.

The Associated Press

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