Santa Clara County District Attorney to Hold Symposium at Santa Clara University on the Topic of Campus Sexual Assault

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen – joined by leaders and
representatives of the major county colleges and universities – will
convene a groundbreaking public conference on campus sexual assaults
later this month.

The day-long, invitation-only symposium will be held at Santa Clara
University’s Locatalli Student Activity Center on Friday, 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, actress Sharon Stone,
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and TV anchor Ashleigh Banfield. The
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. Willingham will tell her survivor’s story.
Banfield will moderate a panel discussion. Actress Stone will read
excerpts from the victim in the Brock Turner case’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.”

Details about the day’s events can be found at www.scu.edu/onevoice.
which will also feature a livestream of the event.

Contacts

SCU Media Relations
Deborah Lohse, 408-554-5121
dlohse@scu.edu
or
Santa
Clara County Assistant District Attorney
Terry Harman, 408-792-2826