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University of Iowa announces plan to combat sexual assault

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Chelsea Bacon has been concerned about the way the University of Iowa has treated sexual assaults on campus, even helping organize protests. She's encouraged to know the university is listening to concern -- President Sally Mason even announcing a six -point plan.

"It was a good first step and a lot of them reflected our list of demands that we had that we had articulated to the university," said Bacon, who works as a research assistant on campus.

Mason says the new plan is designed to combat sexual assault in six ways.
  1. Cracking down on offenders.
  2. Increasing support for survivors.
  3. Improving prevention and education.
  4. Improving communication.
  5. Adding funding to support these efforts.
  6. Listening more.
Students we spoke with are encouraged the university has put a plan on paper but they hope more is done.

"The plan will be effective if they actually go through with it," said Juliann Gibson, Freshman. 

"I think it's a good plan," said Macy Hoskins, Freshman. "I'm glad that she has a plan and that it will be a really good place to start and kind of moving forward in these assaults and trying to figure out like what is possible that we can do better on making the environment safer."

"They need to take action really soon," said Jalen Oudekerk, Freshman. 

Bacon agrees -- actions need to follow. While the plan does outline some specifics, Bacon is concerned that it's not detailed enough.

"They haven't quite fully addressed the scope of why that violent crime exists and so that is something we would really like to see the university take on," said Bacon.

 She says until the university meets those requests there will continue to be weekly protests in front of the Old Capitol.

To learn more about the university's plan, click here.
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