Senators push for new resources to combat campus sexual assault

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are pushing for new resources to stop campus sexual assault.

"The campus sexual assault issue is a very real one and it’s real because across the board the time in somebodies life when they’re likely to be a victim of sexual assault is age 16-24,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said.

They are teaming up with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, that would reform the way universities and colleges prevent, respond and report crimes. For Senator Warner it’s an issue that hits close to home.

"As a father as a legislator I thought it was really important that we change that, that we say this is not acceptable,” Warner (D-VA) said.

Together the senators are asking for at least $130 million and more manpower to combat the issue.

“A complaint gets filed, let’s say it is a complaint against the university, it would take years to resolve, if the complaint is valid. You want to resolve it faster because that would help the survivor,” Kaine added.

But overall, both Senators believe it is the students who hold that power to change the face of the problem.

"We can pass laws but at the end of the day. It is also going to have to be the culture at the universities, for the fraternities to the sororities, the administration and frankly just student to student,” Warner said.

The senators also spent time meeting with students at the University of Virginia.
Senator Kaine got inspiration from those students for another bill that was signed into law that calls for educating students on sexual violence before they get to college.

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