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California Lawmakers Push for Universal College Campus Sexual Assault Protocols

Max Pringle / CPRN
 

Max Pringle / CPRN

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) says the measure she’s co-sponsoring, with Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), is an attempt to empower student sexual assault victims. She says only about 5 percent of campus sex crimes are ever reported.

“College age victims often feel powerless and they feel restricted by lack of proof, by fear of reprisal by the assailant,” says Jackson. “Or it’s a fear of simply not being taken seriously by the police or school officials.”

Bill supporters say the overwhelming majority of campus sex crimes involve cases where the perpetrator is known to the victim.

They’re calling on campus officials to fully prosecute perpetrators of date rape, or people who take advantage of intoxicated students. They’re also calling for stepped up campus support networks for victims.

 

 

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