- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas’ new sexual assault prevention office says it has trained nearly 15,000 people since it was established last year.

The university is marking the one-year anniversary of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center, or SAPEC, the Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/2k92U52 ) reported.

The center said almost 15,000 people have received training so far, including many training events held with fraternities, sororities and athletic teams.

SAPEC Director Jen Brockman said students are required to complete the university’s sexual assault prevention training created by the center, otherwise they could face a registration hold. An exception to the hold is if a student felt the training would negatively affect them due to past trauma, in which those students can take an alternative program through the university’s CARE coordinator at Watkins Health Services.

Brockman said SAPEC’s total budget is about $240,000, with most of it from the chancellor’s office budget. She said one of the center’s goals is to find more outside funding.

“My goal is to secure private and public grants that would help our program grow and sustain, and doing so in a way that does not compromise or negatively impact our community base,” she said.

Brockman works with two full-time prevention educators and a part-time intern who works on data analysis. In addition to Watkins Health Center, SAPEC has teamed up with other university units like Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access.

“Prevention is the method that will stem the flow of violence and create this cultural change,” Brockman said. “If all we’re doing is responding, then we’re never affecting it happening in the first place.”

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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