UT System implements new approach in dealing with sexual assaults

EDINBURG — Science behind neurological responses of victims of sexual assault is prompting a special kind of training and new protocols to be followed by all University of Texas System police officers.

A collaboration between the UT System Police Department and the Institute for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the UT-Austin School of Social Work, sparked the ongoing changes, which started being implemented last fall.

The institute has more than 15 years of experience in dealing with sexual violence particularly in college campuses, said UT System Police Director Michael Heidingsfield, and they worked together for two years to develop a new protocol to better handle these cases.

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