Sex assault prevention education coming to Colorado colleges

Published: Oct. 19, 2016 at 6:04 PM MDT
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The Colorado Attorney General's Office is investing in the future safety of students.

They're funding new online sexual assault prevention classes for several colleges in our state.

The course is called "Haven." Instead of just reading, it's more interactive.

Students identify their personal strengths and values first. Then the program gets into some examples of real life scenarios, how students can respond and how they can intervene to be a good bystander.

The courses help teach students about sex assault, abusive relationships and stalking.

The class will be free for CSU-Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo, Lamar Community College, Otero Junior College and Pueblo Community College.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says she'd rather put money, time and energy into prevention than deal with crime and the aftermath that can drastically affect a student's life and performance in school.

She says they want students' college experience to be great.

"We don't want to scare our students and our young people, we want to empower them with the situations they may face as they're transitioning from high school into college,” Coffman said.

Students can also find resources through the course and how to get help if they do need it.

If you, a friend or loved one has been the victim of sexual assault or domestic violence and need immediate help, you can call TESSA's crisis line at 719-633-3819.