Sexual assault prevention in the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Grand Junction Police Department preps Grand Valley youth against sexual assault with their second prevention class of the year

Officer Suzette Freidenberger first began her campaign against sexual assault for women, but an overwhelming community response has extended her project's reach to include students from the ages of 18 to 25.

Sexual assault hasn't been too much of a problem on the high school and college campuses here on the Western Slope, and encouraging smart behavior in potential dangerous situations can help keep things that way.

“Be more responsible, maybe designate a sober party decision maker and that person helps the group make better decisions throughout the night while the others are partying,” says Officer Freidenberger.

Experts say that 98% of sex assaults are not by a stranger...generally it's committed by someone that you know or have met before.

You can report incidents of sexual assault directly to the police department or if you're at CMU, there's a sexual assault response team on campus that offers help to students.

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