Ohio State announce series of anti-sexual assault efforts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University is announcing initiatives aimed at reducing sexual assaults on campus, including mandatory sexual violence awareness training for all freshmen next year.

Vice President Joe Biden will reinforce the initiatives during a stop at Ohio State on Thursday night, when he’s scheduled to promote national efforts to combat sexual assaults on campuses.

The university’s efforts also include online training for all students beginning next week, the hiring of an additional sexual violence prevention coordinator and more advocates to support students.

Ohio State President Michael Drake says the university is deeply concerned by sexual misconduct and relationship violence both at Ohio State and universities across the country.

A task force including students, staff and faculty also will brainstorm new ways to prevent and respond to such misconduct and violence.