For Immediate Release: September 22, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas, rachel.thomas@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces Members of the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

 

RICHMOND  –Governor  Terry McAuliffe announced the 30 members of the Governor’s Task Force on  Combating Campus Sexual Violence to the administration today. The appointees  include a wide variety of experts in the field of sexual assault from law  enforcement to educators, forensic nurses, Title IX coordinators, advocates,  and more. The Task Force, chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring, will hold  quarterly meetings that will focus on finding common solutions to building  safer, more educated college communities within the Commonwealth, with the goal  of creating best practices for education and prevention of sexual violence on  campus.

“There  is no bigger concern then the health and safety of our citizens in the  Commonwealth. As Governor, I am committed to building a new Virginia economy  where students are free from the threat of sexual violence. It is critical that we work together with the schools,  educators, and law enforcement to build on our goal for all higher education  institutions to be safe places of learning and growing,” said Governor  McAuliffe. “Dorothy and I care deeply about this issue, and as parents we  know the importance of sending your children off to a new and safe place, and  we want that for all of Virginia’s young people. This task force is the first  step in making sure that prevention, education, and awareness are spread about  sexual violence, and ensures that Virginia will lead the way on combating this  issue.”

In addition to the task force, the  Office of Attorney General has begun a review with each college and university  of current policies and procedures for prevention and response.

"Governor  McAuliffe, Virginia's college and university presidents, and I have sent a  clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated on our college  campuses, nor will a societal culture that condones it in any way," said  Attorney General Herring. "I look forward to working with this  exceptional group of advocates, students, administrators, and experts to make  sure that, as a Commonwealth, we are doing everything we can to prevent sexual  violence, and to ensure that our response to reports of sexual violence is  timely, appropriate, and survivor-centered. Virginia schools must remain safe  and welcoming places where students, faculty and staff can live, learn, and  work."

Governor’s  Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence Task Force Members:

     
  • Peter A. Blake of Richmond, Director, State  Council of Higher Education for Virginia
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  • Fran Bradford of Richmond, Associate Vice  President for Government Relations, The College of William and Mary
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  • Ángel Cabrera of Fairfax, President of George Mason  University
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  • Judy Casteele of Buena Vista, Executive Director,  Project Horizon, Inc.
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  • Jean A. Cheek, RN BS SANE-A of Henrico,  Forensic Nurse Examiner, Virginia Commonwealth University
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  • Leah K. Cox, PhD of Fredericksburg, Special  Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator,  University of Mary Washington
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  • Maggie Cullinan of Charlottesville, Director,  Charlottesville Victim/Witness Assistance Program
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  • Brandon T. Day of Richmond, President, Student  Government Association, Virginia Commonwealth University
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  • Daniel Dusseau of Fairfax, Chief of Police,  Northern Virginia Community College
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  • Dorothy J Edwards, Ph.D. of Burke,  Executive Director of Green Dot
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  • William R. Grace, Colonel USMC (Ret) of Lexington,  Inspector General and Title IX Coordinator, Parents Council Liaison, Virginia  Military Institute
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  • Allen W. Groves of Waynesboro, University Dean  of Students, University of Virginia
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  • Melissa Ratcliff Harper of Roanoke,  Forensic Nurse Examiner, Carilion Clinic-Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
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  • Tom Kramer of Richmond, Executive Director,  Virginia21
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  • Penelope W. Kyle of Radford, President, Radford University
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  • Michael C. Maxey of Salem, President, Roanoke  College
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  • Donna Poulsen Michaelis of  Chesterfield, Manager, Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety
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  • Christopher N. Ndiritu of Norfolk,  Student Body President, Student Government Association, Old Dominion University
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  • Nancy Oglesby of Henrico, Deputy Commonwealth's  Attorney, Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
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  • Ellen W. Plummer, Ph.D of  Blacksburg,  Assistant Provost of Virginia Tech University
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  • Marianne M. Radcliff of Richmond,  Vice-President, Kemper Consulting; Member, Longwood University Board of  Visitors
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  • The Honorable Abby Raphael of Arlington,  Vice Chair, Arlington County School Board; former Assistant Commonwealth's  Attorney, Arlington County
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  • Daphne Maxwell Reid of Petersburg,  Member, Virginia State University Board of Visitors
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  • Emily Renda of Charlottesville, Program Coordinator  in Student Affairs, University of Virginia
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  • Tracy S. Rusillo of  Hanover, Major, Virginia State Police
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  • Frank Shushok, Jr. of Blacksburg, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia  Tech
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  • Rosemary D. Trible of Newport News, President of  Fear 2 Freedom
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  • John A. Venuti of Richmond, Assistant Vice  President of Public Safety/Chief of Police, Virginia Commonwealth University
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  • Kristi VanAudenhove of Whitestone,  Executive Director, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
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  • Raychel Whyte of Washington D.C., Administrator at  MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 

 

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