​For release on October 24, 2016  CONTACT:
Terry Harman, Assistant District Attorney
(408) 792-2826   DA TO HOLD “ONE VOICE” CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT SYMPOSIUM   Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen – joined by leaders and representatives of the major county colleges and universities – will convene next month a groundbreaking public conference on campus sexual assaults.   The day-long symposium will be held at Santa Clara University on Fri., Nov. 18. The conference is intended to raise national awareness about campus sexual assaults and to share solutions about how to protect students and survivors. DA Rosen will oversee a joint signing of a memorandum of understanding, aimed at fostering close cooperation between schools and public safety agencies.    Special guest speakers include Harvard Law School sex assault survivor Kamilah Willingham, activist Kevin Powell, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and TV anchor Ashleigh Banfield. The invitation-only symposium will be live-streamed for the public. The media is encouraged to attend.   “At this gathering and as a community, we are determined to speak out against campus sexual assault with one strong voice.” DA Rosen said. “We will make campuses even safer and sex assaults even fewer.  We will hold rapists accountable and serve survivors with the utmost dignity and care.”    The symposium will address topics such as the culture of rape and best campus safety measures. Ms. Willingham will tell her survivor’s story. Ms. Banfield will moderate a panel discussion. The prosecutor of the Brock Turner case will read excerpts from the victim’s historic letter.   “Protecting our students from sexual assault is a top priority for every university in America today,” said Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J. “We are pleased to host this important symposium. We welcome the top minds in law and academia to discuss best practices for keeping our students safe.”  
  • What:   Campus Sexual Assault Symposium
  • When:   Friday, November 18, 2016
                 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where:   Santa Clara University
                   Locatelli Student Activity Center
                   500 El Camino Real 
                   Santa Clara, CA  95053
  • Registration:  By invitation only
                          Deadline November 3, 2016
                          Live-stream available to the public
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