New program at UNCG aimed at stopping sexual assaults

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A new program at UNC Greensboro is aimed at stopping sexual assaults and unhealthy relationships.

BRAVE was designed over the summer and students, faculty and staff are currently being trained.

BRAVE stands for “building responsible advocates for violence education.”

"This is not going to happen at UNCG and we are going to stop it in whatever way we can," explains Jenn Hamilton, UNCG sexual violence advocate.

Instead of just focusing on the people directly involved in the dangerous situation, organizers want to train others to be brave and stop the situation before it starts.

"How can the person at the party or how can the friend sitting next to you in class, what can they do? All the responsibility shouldn't be on the potential victim it should be us as a community," explains Hamilton.

Last year there were seven forcible sex offenses reported to the UNCG Police.

The goal is to train 160 people on how to recognize the signs and know how intervene in a potentially dangerous situation. Each training session is three hours. UNCG has five training scheduled. Some sororities and athletic teams have requested to go through this training.

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