Protect Students From Sexual Assault: Sign Campus Accountability and Safety Act

The current sexual assault statistics on college campuses are staggering. One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while attending college. Some studies estimate that 95% of sexual assaults on campus aren't reported. Of the few that are reported, a common narrative is emerging: often, universities and colleges completely mishandle the cases.

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S.590), introduced last year by Senator Warner and a bipartisan coalition, aims to address this crisis. The act would establish new campus resources and support for survivors, increase administrative accountability, and create transparency requirements. It would also ensure minimum training standards for employees working on campus. Equally importantly, S.590 extends the amount of time survivors have to file a case.

Throughout the country, students are bravely coming forward to tell their stories. These stories are not just of assault, but often explicitly describe how many young women and men were ignored or dismissed by faculty and administrators when they tried to report an incident. The way schools handle claims of assault can destroy a student's academic career. It can also make other survivors reconsider their decision to report a sexual assault incident.

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act would increase campus safety and enact harsher punishments for schools that do not comply. Tell your legislator: hold campuses accountable. Sign today and demand schools increase their safeguards for survivors and reform the way they address sexual assault.

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The current sexual assault statistics on college campuses are staggering. One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while attending college. Some studies estimate that 95% of sexual assaults on campus aren't reported. Of the few that are reported, a common narrative is emerging: often, universities and colleges completely mishandle the cases. 

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S.590), introduced last year by Senator Warner and a bipartisan coalition, aims to address this crisis. The act would establish new campus resources and support for survivors, increase administrative accountability, and create transparency requirements. It would also ensure minimum training standards for employees working on campus. Equally importantly, S.590 extends the amount of time survivors have to file a case. 

Throughout the country, students are bravely coming forward to tell their stories. These stories are not just of assault, but often explicitly describe how many young women and men were ignored or dismissed by faculty and administrators when they tried to report an incident. The way schools handle claims of assault can destroy a student's academic career. It can also make other survivors reconsider their decision to report a sexual assault incident.

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act would increase campus safety and enact harsher punishments for schools that do not comply. It is time legislators hold campuses accountable. Sign today and demand schools increase their safeguards for survivors and reform the way they address sexual assault.

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