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The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $299,997 grant to Northwestern University to help prevent sexual assaults on campus.

The award was announced Friday by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

It is part of the DOJ’s Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on Campus Program, which was authorized by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

The grant “is an investment in the safety, security and well-being of the entire Northwestern University community,” Durbin said in a statement. “This federal funding will assist efforts to prevent sexual violence on campus and to increase awareness among the campus community.” 

Northwestern will use the grant to work together with multiple local organizations to address sexual violence on campus, expand services for survivors, and institute awareness programs for students and faculty at the university.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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