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Response to Washington Post Sexual Assault Survivor Stories

A recent Washington Post story package highlighted an AU student's experience with sexual violence. We are saddened by this account and will do all we can to assist her in her recovery. 

We want all students to know about AU's resources for supporting victims of sexual violence, to feel comfortable seeking help, and to understand how to report. We have made progress in ensuring that students know where to go to report and get help. In our recent campus climate survey, 92% of undergraduates indicated they strongly agreed or agreed that "If a friend or I were sexually assaulted, I would know where to go to get help." 

We've substantially invested in additional education, prevention and response, and are committed to assisting victims through the reporting process and in their recovery. American University's resources are available at and

Because alcohol and drugs are often contributory factors in cases of sexual assault, all incoming students also participate in alcohol and drug education programs in person and online. Parents participate in comparable programs. Throughout the year, AU's Wellness Center continues alcohol and drug education and counseling for students who may be struggling with dependency issues.

Gail Short Hanson, vice president of campus life, American University