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The V Word: Title IX – YWCA of Richmond

Rachel Kaufman and Ryan Morris of the YWCA of Richmond join Carol to talk about Title IX updates and what is happening under the current administration.

The V Word: Emily Doe and Campus Sexual Assault

Today’s show talks about campus sexual assault and the recent recognition of Emily Doe as Woman of 2016 by Glamour magazine, her impact on laws in California and her contribution to the national conversation on sexual assault in the United States.

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WRIR 97.3 FM 

Statewide Hotline (Action Alliance) 

The V Word: Innovative Reporting Solutions

Welcome to the V Word, where we talk about sexual and domestic violence, stalking, harassment and trafficking. We talk about what is going on in the community, what resources are available and what changes are happening to end violence.

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This past year we have talked alot about sexual assault on college campuses, the prevalence, the inability of schools to better protect students, support those who have been assualted and downright misrepresentation of facts. Many states are trying to put into place laws and regulations to help students and schools address campus sexual assault.

One nonprofit: Sexual Health Innovations, has created a new program for use by higher education institutions. This new reporting program is called Callisto and it is designed to allow victims to file reports of sexual assault, harassment and interpersonal violence online. The victim has options, choosing to have the perpetrator reported, to have other victims of the same perpetrator notified and have all records time stamped. The records are private, for use by the victim when they want to further their case.

Multiple studies from colleges, rape crisis centers, and state criminal justice programs show that between 20 percent and 25 percent of women experience sexual assault by the time they graduate from college, but few report it. Of those, according to state records and the Department of Justice, less than 5 percent of reported rapes in college get reported to the criminal justice system. Fewer still are reports of other types of sexual assault.

Are you on a college campus? Check out Callisto and help improve reporting for college campus students. You can help on the state level as well, join your local coalition that supports both rape crisis centers and college campus programs. Here in Virginia, we have the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. They worked with survivors from University of Virginia and Representatives to change legislation to improve response, support services, and reporting of rape on college campuses. As a student or college employee, you can join the Campus Sexual Assault Taskforce, host a bystander intervention program like the Red Flag Campaign, or donate to support the work.

The V Word Broadcast: New legislation to support sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

Carol talks about new legislation passed in Virginia designed to provide enhanced protections and access to services for survivors of sexual assault on campus.

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WRIR 97.3 FM 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance 

Title IX information 

Title IX on College Campuses – Part II

Today we talk with Ted Lewis, Associate Director LGBTQ Campus Life at the University of Richmond, about Title IX on college campuses, what this means for campuses in protecting students that have experienced sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, as well as it’s implications on LGBTQ students.


This is Part 2 of a 4 part series so please stay tuned! We will be posting the discussion in it’s entirety soon for those that want to listen to it all the way through


Listen to Part 2 Here


Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…


You can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. They can connect you with local agencies, services, as well as university services.

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police as well.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at

Today’s host was Carol Olson. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at, The V Word is co-produced by Carol Olson and Jenn Gallienne. Music was created by The Etching Tin

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