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Coding club designs sexual assault survivor help app

By Leah Nicolini | April 11, 2016

An NIU-built sexual assault help app will be released in the fall and Safe Passage expects the app to reduce the 6,500 calls it received on its 24-hour hotline in 2015.Four students from Tech Bark, an NIU coding club, teamed up with Kristen Myers, director...

Then-senior psychology major Brooke Harris defends herself from her opponent, an NIU campus police officer in full protective gear, in April 2014 during the Rape Aggression Defense program. The goal of the class is to educate women in case of an attack, said Lesley Rigg, interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.

NIU seeks reform, training to prevent sexual assault

By Kelly Bauer | April 16, 2015

NIU is changing its training and policies in an effort to improve how it prevents sexual assault and to better support survivors.NIU has already mandated online training for sexual assault awareness for incoming freshmen and transfer students. By May,...

Assault awareness focus of walk

By Ryan Nickel | April 30, 2014

Locals marched to downtown DeKalb to raise awareness for sexual assault victims at Take Back the Night Tuesday.Safe Passage held Take Back the Night at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St. Participants, who carried signs, were...

Pass/Fail: Safe Passage expansion, anti-smoking bill

By Kim Randall | April 27, 2014

Safe Passage looks to expand, increase community safetySafety is a key concern when it comes to students, and expanding Safe Passage is a great way to address that concern.Mary Ellen Schaid, executive director for Safe Passage, is looking to expand the...

Safe Passage director looks to diversify groups fundrasing

Safe Passage director looks to diversify group’s fundrasing

By Keisha Howerth | April 22, 2014

Safe Passage’s new executive director will collaborate with the DeKalb and NIU Police and network with other local agencies to make DeKalb a safer community.Safe Passage will welcome its executive director, Mary Ellen Schaid, at its Tuesday board meeting.“I’m...