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CA state auditor finds lack of sexual assault training on campuses

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Students walk through Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus. A June 24 report from the California State Auditor's office finds that public universities in California, including UC Berkeley, need to do more to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

When it comes to training university employees to handle incidents of sexual violence, California's public universities get a failing grade. 

That's the finding of a state audit released yesterday that focused on four universities: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cal State Chico and San Diego State University.

The report from the California State Auditor's office finds that public universities don't do enough to train university employees to respond appropriately to incidents of sexual assault. Resident advisors and athletic coaches, who are often the first point of contact for students who've been assaulted, are especially unprepared.

The report also found that students don't receive appropriate training on sexual assault early and often enough.

Margarita Fernandez, Chief of Public Affairs for the California State Auditor's office, joins Take Two to to talk about the report's findings and recommendations.


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