• Rollins College teams up with Victim Service Center to keep students safe

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Rollins College is teaming up with the Victim Service Center of Central Florida to keep students safe from sexual assault.

    One in five women will be a victim of sexual assault while in college, according to the agency.

    That includes any kind of unwanted physical contact.

    New training will start with those involved in campus Greek life.

    “If there’s something we can so to prevent even one from occurring on our campus, it’s a success,” said Abby Hollern, director of the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement.

    College leaders just accepted a contract to team up with the center. The agency normally works alongside law enforcement to help victims of violent crimes.

    The new partnership with Rollins College is a long-term effort to target young women.

    “We know college females are four times more likely to become victims of sexual assault,” said JoEllen Revell, program director for the Victim Service Center of Central Florida.

    The center will educate students on how to define and discuss sexual assault and when and how to intervene.

    The training will focus on campus sorority and fraternity groups for the school.

    If the program is successful, it will be expanded to the rest of Rollins and possibly other college.

    “I think it’s a good idea. It’s always good to be prepared,” said student Kerrysha Matos.

    The Victim Service Center said the idea to partner with a local college was born out of the “It’s on Us” initiative, an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assaults on college campuses.

    It was launched by the White House last year.

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