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Approximately a quarter of a million women entering college this year will be sexually assaulted before they graduate. If they graduate at all. While the physical and mental health consequences are well documented the economic and human capital losses suffered by both victims and society have not been examined. Potter details the magnitude of these losses and offers bold solutions.

Sharyn J. Potter, PhD, MPH, is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center: Ending Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Potter’s research focuses on engaging community members to work collaboratively to reduce sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment. She has been awarded research funding from competitive sources including the US Department of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation and Verizon Foundation. Her research has been cited in international and national news media including the Guardian, New York Times, and National Public Radio, and Teen Vogue. Dr. Potter is the lead researcher on a number of studies including a study identified in the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault examining the delivery methods of campus sexual misconduct policies.

Sharyn Potter is a professor of sociology at UNH and co-founder and executive director of research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center, which seeks to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking.