Target: D.C. At-Large Council Member Anita Bonds
Goal: Praise efforts to warn colleges of sexual assault offenders that were convicted on campus.
Colleges and universities could be required to mark the transcript of a college student who is convicted of sexual assault while on campus if legislation proposed by D.C. At-Large Council Member Anita Bonds is passed. Consequently, this mark would put the sexual assault permanently on a college student’s record. Additionally, a mark would be put on a student’s transcript if they withdraw from the school while under investigation for sexual assault.
Bonds says that she is “outraged by the proliferation of sexual assault on our college campuses. I am introducing this bill because we need to do much more to combat these assaults and protect the victims.”
If passed, the legislation would also institute preventive and proactive measures to combat sexual assault including mandatory sexual assault prevention courses for all incoming students. The bill would also require a ratio of campus sexual assault workers to enrolled students of 1 for every 2,000.
By signing this petition, you are showing your support for the bill and a putting pressure on legislators to provide a safer place for college students to learn. Help protect young people across the nation from an out-of-control culture of sexual assault.
Dear D.C. At-Large Council Member Anita Bonds,
I am writing this letter to you to express my excitement and support for the “Scarlet Letter” bill you proposed. With one in five women sexually assaulted on campus along with many men, this is a serious issue and it is time that legislation is enacted to make college campuses safer.
The bill takes proactive measures to prevent sexual assault on campus with mandatory classes for incoming students while also acknowledging that assault will still happen and that there needs to be support for victims on campus. The bill is brilliant because it targets the many different problems that occur when someone is sexually assaulted on campus.
If the bill passes, it could be a breakthrough in terms of “impacting the cycle of sexual abuse on college campuses, in which often times if a student is convicted of sexual assault and expelled, they are then able to freely apply to and attend another college,” according to Ms. Magazine.
If passed, your bill could change lives. Thank you for truly understanding that sexual assault on campus is an extremely prelevant issue and that proactive legislation is necessary to combat it.
[Your Name Here]
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