Buzz about this project, and where our stories appear

The Center gives away its work to other news outlets — that’s the whole idea of its nonprofit investigative journalism model. Here’s our running list of news sites that have run versions of our stories on UW sexual assaults:

Wausau Daily Herald
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
— Appleton Post-Crescent
Stevens Point Journal
— Janesville Gazette
—  Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
—  Green Bay Press-Gazette
— WCLO-AM 1730 in Janesville and Beloit
— Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa
Marshfield News Herald
Fond du Lac Reporter
Oshkosh Northwestern
— The Badger Herald, a UW-Madison student daily paper

Also, some pre-publishing buzz: The Capital Times’ Higher Ed reporter Todd Finkelmeyer wrote this piece on Feb. 27 about UW-Madison’s pre-emptive response to our reporting.

And statewide public radio: On Monday, March 1, Wisconsin Public Radio — a partner of the Center — ran a story by reporter Gil Halsted on the Center’s findings (read below or listen to the RealAudio story).

UW campuses work to address sexual assault By Gil Halsted
Monday, March 1, 2010

(UNDATED) Rape is the most under-reported crime in the country,
especially on college campuses. The University of Wisconsin is trying
to change that, and to prevent more rapes before they happen.

The numbers aren’t pretty, according to an in-depth review by the
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Center staff reviewed
the most recent rape statistics on UW System campuses, and found that
only 188 rapes were reported in 2008, the most recent year for which
numbers are available. But national surveys of college women predict
there were probably more than 3,000 sexual assaults on the system’s 13

Carmen Hotvedt, a violence prevention specialist on the Madison campus
says there’s a good reason the numbers are so skewed. She says victims
may not believe that what happened to them was an act of sexual
assault, or they fear a culture that says women are at fault.

Hotvedt says she and her counterparts on other campuses are trying to
change that through workshops and an online forum that includes
students talking frankly about what rape is. Much of the information
focuses on the relationship of alcohol to sexual assault.

Incoming freshman are encouraged to go to sexual violence awareness
workshops and to use the online resources to learn more about rape,
how to prevent it, and what to do if you are assaulted to hold
perpetrators responsible.

Editor’s note: Photo of Carmen Hotvedt (above right) provided by
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ). This story was
produced in collaboration with the WCIJ, and more information about
sexual assault of UW campuses is available at


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