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U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science takes steps toward prevention of sexual assault, supports surivors

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center would like to recognize William C. Johnson, Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and other leaders at the School of Engineering and Applied Science who have demonstrated an especially high level of solidarity on the issue of sexual assault prevention and response in recent months.

The SEAS department chairs, associate deans and Dean James H. Aylor participated in sensitivity training on interpersonal violence and sexual assault through the Women’s Center's Survivors Support Network on Dec. 12, 2014. Aylor referred to this as "an initial step to demonstrate the Engineering School’s collective commitment to creating an ever-safer environment at the University of Virginia which is free of sexual abuse and interpersonal violence.”

Aylor and Johnson also committed to attending the Green Dot training on Jan. 6-9, 2015, with the dean asking that SEAS meetings not be scheduled during that time "so that interested faculty and staff can also attend this training activity.”

Bill Johnson brings data on the prevalence of sexual assault in the American population to bear on the question of how great an impact the issue is having on the U.Va. community in a recent article originally published in The Cavalier Daily on Feb. 2, 2015.

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