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WASHINGTON The Bureau of Indian Education today announced a new policy aimed at preventing domestic violence and sexual assaults at the two post secondary institutions operated by the BIE for American Indians: Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Preventing Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assaults on Campus
“As we recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recommit to breaking the cycle of violence,”
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn said.
“One in five women have been sexually assaulted while in college, and this policy is an important step in our efforts to reduce domestic violence and sexual assaults at Haskell and SIPI.”
The policy outlines actions, response protocols, authorities, and roles and responsibilities for the institutions to address reports on sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence incidents at their campuses. A copy is available for review at here.
The new policy was announced at a two day kickoff event at Haskell for 'Restoring the Circle: Ending Violence and Abuse on Tribal College and University Campuses,' an initiative to address gender-based violence among college students and help increase awareness about reducing violence against American Indian women ages 16-24. The event was held by the Bureau of Indian Education, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, Haskell University, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium , an organization of 37 tribal colleges and universities.
Restoring the Circle is an initiative of the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs to stop violence against women on TCU campuses and to help keep them safe. Three TCUs are leading the campaign: Haskell, SIPI, and the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. These participating institutions, with a combined reach of approximately 3,600 American Indian students, are partnering with the Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs and American Indian Higher Education Consortium on the Restoring the Circle campaign. Other federal partners in the effort to stop violence against women on tribal colleges and universities campuses include the US Department of Education and the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women.
In the last year, one in 10 teens reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend, with young women still facing the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault.
The Restoring the Circle campaign kickoff event encompasses two goals:
posted October 13, 2012 7:30 am edt