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I strongly support the bipartisan Campus Accountability & Safety Act to help end the epidemic of campus sexual assault at our colleges and universities. Incredibly, the current system incentivizes colleges to sweep sexual assault complaints under the rug. Therefore, assailants are rarely held accountable and all too often, the victims of these crimes end up feeling re-victimized by the institutions they trusted to keep them safe. When less than 25% of the students found responsible for sexual assault are kicked out of school, and when 41% of our institutions of higher learning haven't even initiated a sexual assault investigation in the last 5 years, it's clear the system is broken. The Campus Accountability & Safety Act will reform the way colleges handle these crimes by providing more support for survivors, improving training for campus personnel, increasing transparency and accountability for the colleges, and improving the coordination between the colleges and local law enforcement. These are crucial steps if we are going to hold colleges accountable and inject some much needed transparency into the process. Only then will survivors get the justice they deserve and we can put an end to this shameful epidemic.
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According to Senator McCaskill?s survey of 440 4-year institutions, only 41% of the schools polled have initiated a sexual assault investigation in the last 5 years.
Just 10 to 25% of students found ?responsible? for sexual assault were permanently kicked off campus.
The bipartisan Campus Accountability & Safety Act will restore confidence in the system so victims come forward to report these crimes, and so colleges and universities are incentivized to hold assailants accountable and to inject transparency into the process.
The bipartisan Campus Accountability & Safety Act will increase support services for survivors, improve training for campus personnel, and improve coordination with local law enforcement.