DU was one of 55 universities who were
investigated in 2014 by the federal government
under Title IX for possible misconduct in dealing
with sexual assaults on campus.
“The university has to balance a line because [DU
doesn’t] want to expel someone for not doing
anything because they have a right to an education
as well as the person who has been sexually
assaulted because they have a right to an
education too,” says Olivia Storz, a sophomore.
DU’s CAPE (Center for Advocacy, Prevention and
Education) and the Health and Counseling center
offer free and low charge services to students who
have been victims of sexual assault, relationship
violence and stalking.
These services include but are not limited to ten 15
dollar counseling appointments at the Health and
Counseling Center, advocacy services such as
assistance with reporting, working with the
Disability Services Program for special
accommodations due to trauma, and free rides by
campus safety to the Porter Adventist Hospital and
free SANE exams, which are sexual assault
forensic exams conducted by a registered sexual
assault nurse examiner.
During the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CAPE holds events and hosts
speakers to support survivors of sexual assault and educate students and the DU community about
The event highlighted in the photo above, Into the Light, will be held on Friday, April 21 from 5PM-
8PM, on Carnegie Green and will feature a speaker, a march across campus and educational games
based around sexual consent. It is modeled around ‘Take Back the Night’, which is a march that has
been held on many college campuses in the evening since most sexual assaults at universities
happen between 8PM and 12PM.
Blue light phones illuminate the night on DU’s
campus for anyone who feels uncomfortable and
may need campus safety intervention.
DU offers B.O.S.S. training periodically throughout
the year. B.O.S.S. is a program that teaches what
consent is, how to intervene in potentially risky
sexual situations and how to be a leader in
preventing sexual assault on campus. All club
members and fraternity and sorority members are
required to attend this 90 minute program upon
acceptance into their club or Greek organization.
According to EndRapeOnCampus.org, 25 percent
of rape victims on campus are sorority members —
but only 14 percent of non-victims surveyed were
sorority members. Fraternity men are also 3 times
more likely to be perpetrators of sexual assault than
their non-Greek peers.
All fraternity and sorority members are required to
attend B.O.S.S. training immediately upon their
acceptance to their organization.
At a B.O.S.S. event, peer educator, Olivia Storz,
describes consent in the context of a DUI, “Even if
both people in the car are drunk, the driver is the one
responsible for [drinking and driving]. So even if the
two parties are too drunk to consent [to having sex],
the perpetrator can still be prosecuted because they
initiated the activity.”
Between 92 and 98
percent of crime
victims are telling
the truth —
stands true for
“In my experience, the office of Title IX here [at DU]
takes every claim seriously around sexual assault
seriously. They use the two investigator model with
all sexual assaults, which means there has to be
two investigators doing all of the interviewing and
present at all times, and weighing that evidence”,
says coordinator of CAPE services, Kayla Ham.
T-shirts will hang for the Clothesline Project in the Anderson Academic Commons through May 5.
These shirts have the thoughts and feelings of survivors of gender violence on them.
Students can also participate in Denim Day on April 26. Denim Day is based on an Italian Supreme
Court case where it was ruled that an Italian woman was not raped because denim jeans are too
difficult to get off without the person who is wearing them helping to take them off themselves.
Students can show their support for survivors of sexual assault on campus and around the world by
wearing denim on this day.