Davis co-sponsors new sexual assault bill
A congressman is supporting a new bill to protect sexual assault victims on college campuses. Pretty soon freshman at the University of Illinois will be registering for classes. At least one class isn't an elective. It's mandatory.
Molly Mclay works at the Women's Resource Center at the UI. She says, "Our university has been on top of this issue for a long time."
The class is called the First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education.
"Two words I would use to describe what we do are educators and advocates," says Mclay.
Studies show about one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college, but the crime is often under-reported. In some cases, the victim is blamed.
Joan Fiesta is a sergeant at the UI police department. She says, "We don't get a lot of reports because there's a lot of self-blame and a lot of shame that goes along with it."
Rodney Davis and other congressmen are pushing a possible solution in a new bill. Universities will have to make changes if they aren't following these guidelines. The bill calls for resources and support services for students and training for on-campus personnel.
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