Local university ahead of the curve on sexual assault prevention

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Reporter - Julie Collins
Photographer - Chad Darnall

MURRAY, Ky - President Obama designated a task force today with the job of making safety recommendations to college campuses for reducing the number of sexual assaults that happen every year. He said this is a step to protect women everywhere, including his own daughters.

The White House released a report today which states that no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women. That report also shows one in five women are victims of sexual assault in college, and only 12 percent report it.

Murray State University is considered to be ahead of the curve on this issue. The World Health Organization named MSU an international safe community, and it is the first public university in the world to hold that title. The university is confident they have already met any recommendations the President is going to recommend.

Student safety is the top priority for the Murray State Police Department. Call boxes are available if you're in distress, no one can enter residence halls without a student ID, and the walk ways are lined with lights.

Marisca Mozeleski, a student graduating this year, says that the campus is very safe. "I've never felt remotely threatened or scared at all. I've never worried about it," said Mozeleski.

The campus also has the Racer Patrol, a group of students who patrol campus to keep their fellow students safe.

President Obama gave the task force 90 days to come up with recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to sexual assaults.

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