Fighting back against sexual assault

By WBNG News

Fighting back against sexual assault

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University and the United States Marine Corp. is teaming up to fight back against sexual assaults.

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 15 percent of college women and 4 percent of college men admitted to being a victim of sexual assault.

The Marine Corps Department of Defense admits it has a problem with sexual assault and hopes to not only teach BU its tactics, but take away information from the university's 20 to one program.

It's a peer internship focused on students talking to students around campus about sexual assaults. The program targets men and has an emphasis on Greek Life.

"We find the peer education approach is really best practices. We find that the students really responded to it in our pre- and post-surveys. It's proved to be an effective practice for the program," said BU Senior Counselor, Dara Raboy-Picciano.

The Marine Corp will be working with other universities nationally to determine if the programs can work in the military.