Target: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Goal: Preserve requirement that universities must report sexual assaults to federal authorities.
Wisconsin’s state universities will not have to report the number of sexual assaults that happen on their campuses to federal authorities if a state budget proposed by conservative governor Scott Walker is approved. Universities need more oversight when it comes to the epidemic of college sexual assault, not less. Demand that Governor Walker remove this proposal from his budget.
Spurred on by several high-profile cases and the statistic that one out of every five women in college will be sexually assaulted during their time there, universities nationwide have come under fire recently for their sexual assault policies and their lack of transparency regarding the issue. All too often universities attempt to sweep sexual assaults that happen on their campuses under the rug, discourage survivors from getting police involved, and victim-blame.
Governor Walker’s proposal would make it easier for universities to continue these horrible policies by dropping the requirement that they have to report the number of sexual assaults that occur in their schools to the Department of Justice, and also dropping the requirement that university faculty and staff have to inform school authorities if they witness a sexual assault taking place.
Bizarrely, these proposed changes do not have anything to do with the Wisconsin state budget—Walker has just snuck the language into his budget proposal in an attempt to change the laws without scrutiny. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Walker remove this stipulation from his budget proposal.
Dear Governor Walker,
I am writing you today over a bizarre component of your proposed state budget. It has nothing to do with funding, so I am at a loss for why it’s included in a piece of fiscal legislation in the first place.
I am, of course, talking about the changes in university sexual assault reporting regulations that you are, apparently, trying to sneak through into law without attracting scrutiny. Not only is that a cowardly move on your part, your ideas are objectively bad.
The sexual assault epidemic taking place in universities around the country has finally gained increased media attention, and universities as a result are facing more intense scrutiny about how they handle such cases. This is good, since it motivates administrators to better their schools’ policies, but your proposals actively go against that tide of reform. They are regressive and give universities in your state more cover to sweep sexual assaults under the rug and escape criticism.
One in five women are sexually assaulted during their time at college. The changes in reporting requirements you are trying to pass actively facilitate the environment and culture in which that horrifying rate of assault occurs. I demand that you remove all language pertaining to university sexual assault reporting policy from your budget proposal.
[Your Name Here]
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