Associate Attorney General Tony West speaks to officials at North Carolina Central University.
DURHAM, N.C. -
Top officials with the Department of Justice launched a nationwide college tour Wednesday at North Carolina Central University.
The associate attorney general met with people from the university about efforts to combat sexual assaults on campus.
"They are taking a holistic approach to raising awareness about sexual assault," explained Associate Attorney General Tony West. "They're engaging all aspects of their college community when it comes to raising awareness about this issue and making sure that students are both aware and educated so that they're in a position to inform their peers, council their peers, to make sure that victims are getting the help that they need."
NCCU received two 3-year grants totaling more than $570,000 to respond to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The grants will also be used to create prevention programs for all incoming students, train law enforcement and create partnerships in the community.
West said 6 percent of college-aged men and 20 percent of undergraduate women report they've been the victim of sexual assault. He said both groups under-report sexual assaults.
"We know that what's going on on our college campuses is something we can't tolerate," West said. "We've got to do more about raising awareness and engaging the entire community -- the entire college community -- to share responsibility in getting their arm around this issue.
"That's happening here at Central."
The federal government has paid for 400 campus projects nationwide since 1999, totaling more than $139 million.