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Sims Invites 100 Random Students for Sexual Assault Discussion

Penn State’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Task Force will host a focus group discussion on Nov. 11 to “assist the University in its effort to minimize the troubles caused by sexual assault in our community,” according to an email sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims.

The email was sent to a randomly selected group of Penn State students, “about 100” of whom Sims and the Task Force hopes will attend. The attendees will lunch at the Nittany Lion Inn’s Ballroom while casually conversing with Task Force members to provide “important insights about the thoughts and feelings of students regarding this important issue,” the email reads.

Sims stressed a causal mood to the discussion, writing that both conversation and dress should be to some extent “informal”, and prior preparation is not necessary. “All that is required is a willingness to share your thoughts and feelings to the extent you are willing to do so,” the email reads. “Hearing the observations of others may give you a deeper awareness of Penn State’s determination to do all it can to create a safe campus community.”

There were six reports of sexual assaults this past weekend, pushing the total number for the semester to 17.

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