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No one shows up for sexual-violence prevention workshop at Barnard, alleged hotbed of assault

If women’s-only Barnard College, affiliated with Columbia University, is really such a hotbed of sexual assault, you wouldn’t know it from student interest in workshops on the subject.

The Columbia Daily Spectator reports that its own reporter was the only student to attend “the final workshop of a series of sexual violence prevention education programming hosted by Being Barnard,” its multifaceted education initiative:

A few weeks after the [Association of American Universities’ sexual-assault] report, Barnard announced an additional series of three workshops on sexual violence, sexual violence in the media, and bystander intervention strategies.

Though the workshops were advertised to students in emails sent from the Student Life office, administrators hosting the most recent workshop did not appear to be expecting students to attend, given that the door to Barnard’s wellness office, Well-Woman, where the workshop was to be held, was locked. It wasn’t until roughly five minutes after the workshop was set to begin that Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness Programs Mary Joan Murphy arrived and contacted Well-Woman Program Director Jessica Cannon to come run the workshop.

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Students say they are in the dark about what Barnard is doing on the subject:

Abigail Barth, BC ’17, said she did not know how Barnard specifically was addressing sexual violence prevention or promoting bystander intervention. …

“I don’t really ever hear so much about what Barnard does,” Barth added. “I feel like I’ve heard mostly about what goes on at Columbia.”

Perhaps those surveys that show such high rates of assault weren’t designed very well.

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