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Guide Helps Colleges Respond to Sexual Assaults

David Phillips, flickr
 

David Phillips, flickr

By this July California colleges must immediately disclose reported sexual assaults to law enforcement. Today California Attorney General Kamala Harris offered suggestions for how schools can comply with the law.

Harris’ office released a guide for how colleges should respond to reports of sexual assault. It recommends establishing in advance which roles schools and law enforcement will take following a reported assault. It suggests strategies be developed to ensure victims are connected to services as soon as possible. And it recommends colleges and law enforcement agencies commit to regular sexual assault response training.

The guide follows recent state legislation aimed at reducing sexual assaults on California college campus. Among the new laws is "Yes Means Yes," which requires all parties to give affirmative consent before engaging in sexual activity.