Sexual assault prevention and education was the topic of a panel discussion held on campus at Illinois State University Thursday. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) hosted the event. He said one alarming thing he learned was the statistic saying one in five college students will experience sexual assault might be a low estimate. “It may be one in three, according to those who were on this panel today," said Davis.
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"I learned a lot about many issues. It's not just about young college women, it's about young college men too, and young men that will experience sexual assault. These are issues that we have to face as a society." Also speaking at the conference was ISU police Chief Aaron Woodruff. He was glad to hear he’s not the only one who sees this as an issue that starts before college. “It is a societal issue, I think everybody on the panel was in agreement of that," said Woodruff. "And to hear that there is already programs in place, and plans to try and educate our young people before they get to college." There are some who might not feel comfortable reporting sexual assault to the police. That’s why Woodruff said there are other places students can turn.