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Training at UI to Help Curb Sexual Assault

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--University of Iowa officials now have a new tool in their fight against sexual assault on campus.

"I feel pretty comfortable on campus especially because Iowa City is not too big, said Chase Coley,

She and Carly Mohns are incoming freshmen to the University of Iowa campus.

"I feel kind of safe here. With everybody walking around, everybody just seems kind of friendly, Carly said.

University officials are hoping to translate that friendliness into action.

"The product that we're using works more to engage bystanders, said Title 9 coordinator, Monique DiCarlo.

The product is an online video training called every choice.

It will teach students specific skills to apply when they notice others in a problematic situation.

"Rather than talking to students as potential victims or perpetrators, it instead talks to students as bystanders, people who might witness hurtful behavior even before it occurs, said DiCarlo.

"I think that's where the class could help maybe. If you see something like that, then you would know what to do in that situation, Mohns said.

It's one of many steps being taken to fight sexual assault at the university, and some students are applauding it.

"I think just what they are doing right now is probably really good and of course just the education and getting it out there, said grad student Megan Lorenz.

Others like chase say it shouldn't end there.

"Personally I think it starts with teaching people respect and respecting others first and knowing boundaries, Chase said.

University officials say they've held online training for incoming students since 2009.

The new program begins this fall and every incoming student will take the course as part of their orientation.
 
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