Senate passes bill aimed at tackling sexual assault on college campuses

Sens. Beth Bye and Steve Cassano (Photo by Christine Stuart)
Sens. Beth Bye and Steve Cassano (Photo by Christine Stuart)

HARTFORD, Conn. –The same day the White House released its recommendations to end sexual assault on college campuses, the Connecticut Senate unanimously passed a bill that expands sexual assault reporting requirements.

The bill, which already passed the House, includes a number of new reporting requirements that instruct public and private colleges to provide victims with clear, written information on their rights and options when they report an assault. The legislation also requires schools to maintain trained Sexual Assault Response Teams and offers anonymous reporting options.

Sen. Steven Cassano, D-Manchester, said some of the recommendations in the White House report were already in the bill that passed the House earlier this month.

At a press conference earlier in the day, Jillian Gilchrest of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services said that April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and she can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with some of the 117 male legislators who co-sponsored the bill and another 65 who have signed a pledge to be active in preventing sexual violence in their communities.

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