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Reed Looks to Curb Sexual Assault on College Campuses

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Washington, DC, August 11, 2014 | comments

Tom Reed is continuing his efforts to reduce sexual assaults across the country with a new bill focused on curbing sexual assaults on college campuses. The Campus Accountability and Safety Act sets a number of new provisions in motion to make sure colleges and universities are responsive to the needs of students. A bipartisan group of 18 House Members joined to introduce the bill.

“We must empower every student with adequate and fair resources so they feel safe on campus and are protected against victimization,” Reed said. “This bill will expand resources for students, demand accountability and transparency from colleges and strengthen penalties for a school’s misconduct. These initiatives will help bring sexual assault on campuses to the forefront of the conversation at the national level – something that is long overdue. These are our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews – we need to make sure they are safe and cared for.” 

The bill focuses on strengthening accountability and transparency for colleges and universities, sets stiff penalties for a school’s non-compliance, requires training for on-campus personnel and gives students access to confidential advisors to use as a resource. The bill also creates an annual, anonymous survey for students country-wide on their experience with sexual violence on campus. The anonymous results will be published online so that parents and students have the information available when they make decisions on school choice.

“We’re continuing our efforts to keep the spotlight on sexual assault prevention and narrowing that spotlight to college campuses, where one in five women experience sexual assault during their college years according to the National Institute of Justice,” Reed continued. “The statistics are staggering and we need to hold all of our campuses to a higher standard. Sexual assault in any form is one hundred percent unacceptable and the law needs to reflect that. It’s time to say no more. There are no excuses.”  

The bill already has strong support in the Senate and has been introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators including Senator Gillibrand of New York.

Reed will be on a college campus in the district this week for a sexual assault awareness and prevention roundtable. Earlier this year, Reed held a roundtable at Ithaca College along with representatives from Cornell University, Corning Community College and area district attorney offices to hear about ways to protect students from sexual assaults on campus, hold perpetrators fully accountable and improve reporting methods.

Tom Reed continues to be involved in the NO MORE organization’s efforts to end sexual assault and domestic violence. Earlier this year he led his House colleagues in recognizing national NO MORE week and national Sexual Assault Awareness month.

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