BERKELEY (KCBS)— California’s public universities will begin a new academic year in a matter of weeks, with a new focus on campus-related sexual assaults; how to prevent them and how to respond to them. One University of California, Berkeley student is closely involved in the UC process for improving this aspect of campus safety.
A victim of campus sexual assault herself, Cal student Meghan Warner is the chair of the Sexual Assault Commission for the UC Student Body Association and is a peer educator at the campus Gender Equity Resource Center.
Like so many other victims, Meghan chose not to report her assault. She says one reason was the lack of a clear and supportive system on campus to do so.
“The university should have made it very clear how to report,” Warner said. “I shouldn’t have had to attempt to find it. When I found a website, it had a graph and link about what to do if you’re accused. But there was no, ‘here is where you go to report,’ and there are eight different offices involved and it’s very complicated.”