Archive for December 4th, 2010

Congressman introduces bill to guard against campus sexual violence

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Press Release)–Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Virginia) and a group of bipartisan cosponsors have introduced H.R. 6461, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act) to strengthen the policies regarding incidents of violence between intimate partners on the campuses of our colleges and universities.

The Campus SaVE act will improve how campus communities prevent and respond to incidents of intimate partner violence and empower young people to end unhealthy relationships and seek assistance before they become victims. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 20-25% of female undergraduates will be the victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault this year and in nearly all cases it will be by an acquaintance.

“Our campuses should be safe and secure places of learning, not a place where anyone feels uncomfortable or threatened. This bill will make sure that students have the information and support they need to keep themselves from being a victim, and will make sure that reported incidents are dealt with appropriately. I am proud to bring this important issue to the attention of the Congress and I hope that one of my bi-partisan cosponsors will take up this important cause in the next Congress,” said Rep. Perriello.

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