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  1. Tulane University Law School student Margaret Martin did not participate in the annual Take Back the Night event like she had in past years. This time, she was the keynote speaker. Take Back the Night, held Thursday (Oct. 28), is an event designed to raise awareness about sexual violence of which Martin is a survivor.
  2. The report from the 13,000-student private research university adds to growing evidence that sexual assault is a widespread problem on campuses throughout America. Tulane President Michael A. Fitts called the findings “deeply disturbing” and pledged an expanded campaign to end sexual violence.
  3. Rachel Blume, a student in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, was recently awarded the Campus UnSung Hero award from the One Love Foundation for her work leading campus programming around healthy relationships and relationship violence.
  4. Dr. Gretchen Clum reflects on her history as a public health researcher from studying the effect of sex abuse on HIV treatment adherence to mindfulness training and analyzing the data from Tulane's sexual misconduct climate survey. Her current projects include looking at the impact of police raids on the health and wellbeing of female sex workers and teaching the “Public Health Approaches to Sexual Violence” undergraduate course.
  5. Public health officials grappling with record-high syphilis rates around the nation have pinpointed what appears to be a major risk factor: drug use. Research has shown that people who use drugs are more likely to engage in unsafe sexual behaviors, which put them at higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases. "The addiction takes over," said Dr. Patty Kissinger, an epidemiology professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
  6. The event began with speeches given by university faculty from Tulane, Loyola, Dillard and Xavier Universities. Julie Engel, the graduate assistant for student leadership and engagement at Newcomb College Institute, said she was impressed with the event as a whole and the opportunities it presented for students.
  7. The Newcomb Institute at Tulane University will host a daylong symposium on February 7, 2020 on sexual violence which will feature presentations by leading researchers and experts, including historians, lawyers and psychologists from universities around the country. Sally Kenney, VPI faculty member and director of the Newcomb Institute says, "We'll cover everything from the history and politics of rape to gender and race discrimination in criminal law doctrine. We look forward to engaging the broader Tulane community in seeking solutions to this critical issue.”
  8. Tulane students can take a stand against sexual violence in their community by completing the university’s first Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey designed to record student experiences involving sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  9. "I heard of stealthing in about 2007," said Patty Kissinger, professor of epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Kissinger said those who think it's a game should remember they're opening the door for spreading sexually transmitted diseases.
  10. A recent study conducted Dr. Patty Kissinger found that the standard prescribed single-dose treatment for trichomoniasis is not as effective as multidose. Kissinger hopes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will change its recommendations for trichomoniasis treatment based on the results of her study. She has been asked to work with the CDC on STD prevention guidelines.
  11. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, USG unanimously passed a resolution to submit a comment on behalf of the organization to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed Title IX regulations. The comment, according to the resolution, would allow USG to voice its concerns about the new regulations’ affect on Tulane students as well as students at other universities.
  12. A collaboration between professional artists and 11 Tulane students, 'Roleplay' explores student's experiences with love, sex, power, and consent. Tania Tetlow, a former Tulane administrator who ran the Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic said about the play, "The depth of characters built empathy for those experiencing sexual assault; it also built understanding of how easily students can violate their own values and commit sexual assault. That empathy is critical for prevention efforts."
  13. The Sexual Violence Prevention Town Hall was held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday in Kendall Cram at the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life and provided an open forum for students to pose questions to a panel consisting of students and administrators.
  14. In the early morning of Oct. 28, students, administrators and members of the New Orleans community piled into the Lavin-Bernick Center of University Life to speak out against sexual violence on college campuses. Tulane University was hosting the second annual Louisiana Sexual Assault Student Activist Awareness Conference. Speakers, students and faculty showed up for the 9-hour event to give advice, share stories and make progress in combating the issue of sexual violence on college campuses.
  15. Experts say it is harder to decide whether the stark survey results mean that Tulane University has a much bigger problem than its peers around the country, or whether it simply did a better job of measuring sexual assault by using the most up-to-date methods and that these results may more accurately reflect what could be higher rates of sexual assault experienced on college campuses nationally. It will be hard to know this and compare Tulane's results unless more schools use comparable survey tools.

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