Expert says we have to be able to talk about sexual violence to stop it

banyard-vickiAn expert on sexual assault prevention is in Missoula to give a talk in the President’s lecture series at the University of Montana. Dr. Victoria Banyard teaches psychology at the University of New Hampshire and has done extensive research into the prevention of sexual violence. In this feature interview, Banyard talks with News Director Sally Mauk about why sexual assault continues to be such a problem in our society, and what can be done about it.    Banyard says we still have trouble just talking about sexual violence.

Sally Mauk talks with UM President Royce Engstrom about the campus sexual assaults

UM President Royce Engstrom

The investigations of alleged sexual assaults on and off the campus of the University of Montana have dominated the headlines since December. The university first conducted its own investigation, and now the federal departments of Justice and Education are investigating how the university – and Missoula law enforcement – have handled the allegations. The NCAA is also conducting a separate investigation of UM’s football program. In this half-hour interview, Engstrom talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the past seven months – and what he hopes is the end result of all the scrutiny…

Sally Mauk talks with UM President Royce Engstrom about the sexual assault investigations

UM President Royce Engstrom

The U.S. Department of Education has joined the Justice Department in investigating how the University of Montana has handled several sexual assault allegations over the last year and a half. In this interview, Engstrom talks with News Director Sally Mauk about that – and about some controversial e-mails UM administrators exchanged. Engstrom tells Mauk the Education Department investigation will look at many of the same issues that Justice is investigating…

Sally Mauk talks with sociologist Michael Kimmel about why men rape – and how to stop it

Sociologist Michael Kimmel

The rash of sexual assault allegations at the University of Montana and in Missoula has prompted a lot of discussion about sexual violence – a discussion sociologist Michael Kimmel believes should include understanding why men rape – and how it can be stopped. In this feature interview, Kimmel talks wtih News Director Sally Mauk about the need to change a “rape culture” that fosters rather than prevents that terrible crime…

Sally Mauk’s report on the federal sexual assault investigation of Missoula and UM

Sally Mauk

The federal Department of Justice announced they are investigating if Missoula’s police and prosecutors – and the University of Montana –  have properly handled numerous reports of alleged sexual assault over the last three years. News Director Sally Mauk attended the press conference DOJ held with local officials, and filed this live report. It includes excerpts from the press conference, as well as Sally’s interviews with the lead federal investigator Thomas Perez – and UM President Royce Engstrom…

Sally Mauk talks with UM President Royce Engstrom about the university’s sexual assault report

UM President Royce Engstrom

The University of Montana says 5 students alleged to have been involved in sexual assaults have either been expelled or left school voluntarily, and three other alleged perpetrators are appealing actions taken under the student conduct code. The university has released its final investigation into 9 alleged sexual assaults dating back to 2010. The report says 4 of the cases have resulted in the actions mentioned above, 3 were closed for lack of evidence, and two cases were suspended because the victims didn’t want to go forward.Since that report was begun, other alleged incidents of sexual assault – two involving UM football players – have come to light. News Director Sally Mauk interviewed UM President Royce Engstrom about the report: