The push to create more awareness and prevention of sexual violence on college campuses continues as students and administrators statewide met in the Mining City Saturday.
About 80 students, faculty and administrators attended the Statewide Summit Sexual Assault Prevention on Montana Campuses hosted by the VOICE Center from Montana State University, Bozeman.
The summit was held at Montana Tech and gave Montana University students more insight on sexual violence something they believe college campuses need more of.
"More training and education on our campuses about issues like this and alcohol," one student said when asked what more could be done on campuses.
The summit provided students an opportunity to learn and talk how to prevent it, how to spread awareness, and how to aid victims of sexual violence.
"Call it out for what it is you don't have to be militant or police it, but just open up the conversation," Outreach coordinator for the VOICE Center, Adam Arlint said.
Arlint and Alexa Huesr are both a part of the VOICE at MSU Bozeman, a center for victims of sexual violence.
They said one common issue is victims struggling to come forward about an assault.
They believe one reason is society has a habit of putting the blame on victims.
"There's no reason we should blame whoever this happens to no one asks for it regardless of what they're wearing, what they've been drinking, who they are friends with it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter, because no one deserves that type of violence," Hueser said.
After the initial presentation students, administrators, and all attendees met in small groups to discuss their thoughts and concerns on how to prevent sexual violence.
One common theme in discussion was students and administrators felt the key is peer education and peer communication that is where intervention can take place.
According to Brian Kassar, coordinator of Men Stopping Rape at MSU Bozeman, 90 percent of victims of sexual violence know who their perpetrator is.
He said it can be someone from class or someone they meet at a party..
Kassar also said the majority of assaults occur at private residents.
This is why Joe Thiel, student representative on the board of regents believes friends, peers, and bystanders all have the most room for impact when it comes to education and prevention.
"If men are the perpetrators men are also friends of perpetrators. We are in a lot of ways the front line against preventing we can say to our friends hey I think you should back off," Thiel said.
Student leaders agree college campuses need to continue to open up conversation and create awareness so students know how to handle situations involving sexual violence.