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How Memphis colleges are dealing with sexual assaults


Area colleges are having more robust conversations about rape and rolling out new initiatives after several recent alleged off-campus sexual assaults involving University of Memphis students.

“Students have asked for access to self-defense courses, and I met with university police to start that planning for those courses,” said Justin Lawhead, dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs at the University of Memphis.

Lawhead said the self-defense class was one of many ideas that came from students after a two-hour public forum at U of M last week.

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