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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law fall colloquium series continues Wednesday, Sept. 9 with a focus on campus sexual assault.

Surveys suggest one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. During our colloquium “Campus Sexual Assault: Prevention, Support & Justice,” panelists will discuss the federal laws that guarantee students’ right to education free from sexual violence, explore the current challenges associated with navigating the campus, criminal and civil justice systems, and consider how efforts to prevent and respond to incidences of campus sexual assault can be further improved at all levels.


The O’Neill Institute Colloquium, offered annually, is an interdisciplinary course that draws from the work of scholars, policymakers and the general health community.


Emily Bazelon, JD is a staffwriter at The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School who has reported on the issue of campus sexual assault. Bazelon is author of the national best seller“Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.”


Laura Dunn, Esq. a nationally recognized victim rights attorney, is executive director of SurvJustice, which provides legal services to survivors across the country and trains institutions of higher education on compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act. Dunn received a J.D. from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, graduating Order of the Barristers and receiving the William P. Cunningham Award for her national advocacy on campus sexual assault, which included lobbying to pass the 2013 VAWA Reauthorization, advising the White House Task Force to Protect Students Against Sexual Assault, and serving as a negotiator on the U.S. Department of Education’s VAWA Rulemaking Committee.


Dana Bolger is a contributor at and co-founder of Know Your IX, a national survivor-led, student-driven campaign to end campus gender-based violence. She began organizing against sexual violence while a student at Amherst College, where she co-founded It Happens Here, a publication dedicated to creating spaces for survivors to share their stories for cultural and institutional change on campus.


Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment

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