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Frmr. UVA Staffer Questions Counsel Investigating UVA Handling of Sexual Assaults

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The University of Virginia has retained independent counsel to examine how it handles sexual assaults. The Attorney General's Office appointed the high-ranking firm, but not everyone thinks it's the right decision.

Doctor John Foubert is the president of national sexual assault prevention group One in Four and he worked in the UVA Dean of Students office from 1998 to 2002. In a Skype interview with Foubert, he said he worries about how effective the investigation will really be.

"Certainly they do need expertise in looking at their policies, but they have a culture to change. And lawyers aren't very good at changing culture,” said Foubert, rape prevention expert.

Foubert says that to get to the core of the issue, UVA needs to hold perpetrators accountable and implement mandatory prevention programming.

UVA declined to comment on the concerns regarding counsel.


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