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Faces of VAWA

January 12, 2016
Dathan Jackson

Dathan Jackson

Many people work behind the scenes to ensure that Huskie safety is at the forefront. That includes member of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Implementation Committee and the Violence Against Women Task Force.

Since NIU’s consent policy was officially adopted, only “yes means yes” when it comes to initiating sexual encounters. Here’s more about it from VAWA steering committee member and NIU Police Sgt. Dathan Jackson.

“It is important to me – and my department – because it is our mission to serve and protect the university community,” Jackson said. “Everyone has the right to learn and work in the safest possible community and environment. It is our goal to make this a reality.”

Jackson served on the VAWA committee as a representative of the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety. He is optimistic that the implementation of the VAWA will not only raise awareness, but will have a positive impact on NIU.

“I hope for a campus and community free from all forms of sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault,” Jackson said. “Also, for NIU to continue to provide resources to victims and survivors, including several reporting avenues.”

If these incidents do occur, Jackson said, NIU will continue to ensure there is a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution.

“Many individuals have worked conscientiously to make sure NIU is not only compliance with VAWA but an exemplar to other universities,” he said. “It has made me proud to be a part of this initiative and proud to be a Huskie.”