A bipartisan group of eight senators, including New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and Florida’s Marco Rubio, introduced on Wednesday new legislation to tackle the increasing number of reported sexual assaults on college campuses. The Campus Safety and Accountability Act is intended to protect students at colleges and universities while addressing institutional obstructions to combating sexual assault, according to a statement released by Gillibrand’s office.
“Institutions of higher education across the country have been unable, or unwilling, to adequately address the problem [of rape on campus],” Gillibrand said at a press conference Wednesday morning. “The current lax oversight of the federal laws on the books has the perverse effect of incentivizing colleges to encourage non-reporting, underreporting, and noncompliance with the already weak standards under current federal law.”
The new legislation, which Sens. Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) spearheaded, aims to provide incentives for higher education institutions to better handle complaints of sexual assault, BuzzFeed reports.
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