47 ABC – In an attempt to address sexual assaults on college campuses, the White House is asking colleges across the country to survey their students about sexual assault.
It's all a part of a rape-prevention campaign that will include a web site to support survivors, a public service announcement from the president and recommendations for how to handle reported assaults.
We spoke to the counseling services director at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for some insight.
"We are acknowledging that like other college campuses, this is a challenge, and what we've tried to do is be proactive about it and do the preventive type of work so that it does not happen here at the university. We are talking about respect -- we are trying to create a culture of respect," Dr. Ron McLean said.
Dr. McLean says the campus already conducts periodic surveys, and it plans to examine the recommendations of the rape-prevention campaign to better its program.