Reed supports Campus Safety Act

Finger Lakes Times

Rep. Tom Reed says he will support the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which is aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college campuses.

“We must empower every student with adequate and fair resources so they feel safe on campus and are protected against victimization,” Reed, R-23 of Corning, said in a press release. “This bill will expand resources for students, demand accountability and transparency from colleges, and strengthen penalties for a school’s misconduct. These initiatives will help bring sexual assault on campuses to the forefront of the conversation at the national level - something that is long overdue. These are our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews. We need to make sure they are safe and cared for.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and other lawmakers introduced the bill earlier this month. That announcement came just weeks after a New York Times story about an alleged sexual assault at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva put the issue in the local spotlight.

Reed said the bill focuses on strengthening accountability and transparency for colleges and universities. It sets stiff penalties for non-compliance, requires training for on-campus personnel and gives students access to confidential advisers, Reed said.

The bill also would set up an annual, anonymous survey of students nationwide, with the results published online.

“We’re continuing our efforts to keep the spotlight on sexual assault prevention and narrowing that spotlight to college campuses, where one in five women experience sexual assault during their colleges years, according to the National Institute of Justice,” Reed said. “The statistics are staggering, and we need to hold all of our campuses to a higher standard. Sexual assault in any form is 100 percent unacceptable, and the law needs to reflect that. It’s time to say no more. There are no excuses.”


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