UC Berkeley hosts national conference on college sexual assaults, students plan protests

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BERKELEY, California — More than 500 university administrators, staff members and researchers from across the nation are convening in Berkeley, California, for a professional conference on preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses.

The two-day conference that started Tuesday is being hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. Campus spokeswoman Janet Gilmore says it's designed to give college counselors, deans, student affairs coordinators and other employees a frank look at why so many sex crimes involving students happen and why victims often feel dissatisfied with how their cases are handled.

Among the schools sending speakers are Spelman College in Atlanta, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Michigan and the University of New Hampshire.

UC Berkeley student Sofie Karasek says some assault victims and activists plan to protest at the event because they think it's being used to mask the campus' failings.

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