Target: Members of U.S. Congress
Goal: Support a bill that would ensure the safety of sexual assault survivors and hold university campuses accountable for sexual assault
A group of Democratic and Republican senators announced a bill that aims to both prevent sexual assault on university campuses and protect sexual assault victims due to the availability of more resources. This bipartisan push is in light of this year’s survey showing that one in five college women are victims of sexual assault.
The bill provides several provisions that would help make university campuses a safer environment for all students. First, universities would be obligated to assign confidential advisers to victims. Secondly, employees working with victims would have to meet certain qualifications in order to ensure that they are adequately prepared to deal with these sensitive and triggering situations. In addition, every student nationwide would take an anonymous survey regarding their experiences with sexual violence at their universities. Lastly, campuses that do not report campus crimes would face an increased fine of $35,000.
The bill is an aggressive attempt to give a voice to many of those who do not feel that their universities are taking proper actions in sexual assault crimes. For example, in the past five years, 40% of US universities have not filed a single sexual assault investigation, although the assaults are clearly happening much too often. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also agreed with the bill, telling reporters that college women are more likely to be assaulted than women who do not attend a university.
By signing the petition below, you support this bipartisan effort to make university campuses a safer place for students and to give sexual assault victims a voice with the support of their university’s administration.
Dear Members of U.S. Congress,
A bipartisan group of senators crafted a bill to combat sexual assault on university campuses and to comfort victims with the appropriate resources. This bill is a response to recent sexual assault cases highlighting the flaw in university systems to investigate incidences and for stifling the voices of victims.
According to a recent survey, one in five college women has experienced assault. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand adds on saying that college women are more likely to be sexually assaulted than women who are not enrolled in college. In addition, a report shows that 40% of universities have not reported investigations regarding sexual assault in the last five years.
For this reason, I urge you support and eventually pass a bill that aims at making universities more accountable to their students by offering more resources for victims who are in need.
[Your Name Here]
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