Stanford Awarded Grant to End Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women has awarded Stanford University a $200,000 grant.

Director of Vaden’s Health Promotion Services Carole Pertofsky said the university was awarded the highly competitive grant because it had demonstrated a strong commitment to end sexual assault.

The grant will fund Stanford’s Community Partnership to End Violence Against Women will be in effect from Sept. 2006 to June 2008. The group, which is composed of several organizations including Vaden Health Center, will use the grant to promote violence prevention education, training and response efforts at the university.

The funding will also permit the partnership to add to its staff 14 more graduate and undergraduate student interns, who will work to develop educational programs and reach out to other students on campus.

According to Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman, national statistics show that female college students are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault. Under Boardman’s leadership, the university has begun to address the issue of relationship violence. For more than a year, several organizations have collaborated on reviewing the university’s policies and practices with regard to relationship violence and sexual assault.

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