In response to a new UI program required for incoming graduate and professional students, 87 percent said they have a better understanding of factors that contribute to sexual assault, and 89 percent said they better understand how to intervene when the violence might be occurring.
Both UI and Iowa State currently are being investigated by the U. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for their handling of sexual misconduct allegations.
Of last year’s fondling reports, 50 were connected with one case that resulted in an arrest — former UI Hospitals and Clinics Dr.
Foad Elahi, 50, who was accused of fondling one victim over several months, according to Visin and the UI crime report.
“We are hoping it’s such an underreported crime that more people are coming forward,” said Dave Visin, interim assistant vice president and director of the UI Department of Public Safety.
The conference is being hosted in collaboration with the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and in cooperation with the UI College of Nursing.At UNI, Helen Haire, chief of the institution’s public safety department, said she, too, credits a bump in reporting to the increase there.“I would like to think we have developed a community where people are more likely to report and feel more comfortable reporting, which is what we want so that we can get them the help that they need,” Haire said.The intended audience includes Oncology Nurses, ARNPs, PAs, Social Workers, and Physical and Mental Health Therapists.All providers who interface with patients impacted by cancer are welcomed to attend this conference.Sexual assault reports to the UI office reached 82 last year, compared with 54 in 2013, according to Di Carlo.Stalking reports to the office increased from 12 to 33 year over year; domestic violence reports increased from 20 to 25; and dating violence reports rose from 28 to 32, according to Di Carlo.The UI investigation stems from a complaint filed in April by a UI student who said the university discriminated against him on the basis of sex and disability and also retaliated against him.The Iowa State investigation is tied a student’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted during the 2013-2014 academic year and then was discriminated against by the university.It also can take reports related to incidents that occurred off campus or even before a student enrolled, Di Carlo said.“That number could include people who were sexually assaulted in high school but both parties are now on campus and the survivor reaches out for help,” Di Carlo said.