Warner Joins Bipartisan Group Targeting Sexual Assaults On College Campuses | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Warner Joins Bipartisan Group Targeting Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

Play associated audio
The bill would force schools to provide confidential advisors to victims, among other rules.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/queenscollege/3309770091
The bill would force schools to provide confidential advisors to victims, among other rules.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner helped introduce a bipartisan bill today to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses.

When Andrea Pino attended college in North Carolina, she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party. After that experience, she helped found the group End Rape on Campus.

"We live in a country that puts our children at a higher risk of experiencing sexual assault if they attend college than if they don't," Pino says.

Current statistics show nearly 20 percent of women who attend colleges are sexually assaulted. Universities and colleges are required to report the rate of sexual assaults on campus to the Department of Education, but critics say many don't reveal the numbers in order to attract more students.

"The statistics are appalling," says Sen. Warner, "but the stories are heartbreaking."

Warner's bill would require every school in the U.S. to release results of an annual anonymous student survey about assaults.

"You've got to have good data. You gotta have data that is clear, consistent. The ability of the colleges to have the incentives to report this data in a clear and concise way. And it's gotta be actionable," says Sen. Warner.

The legislation also forces schools to provide confidential advisors to victims and forbids athletic departments from handling sexual-assault cases themselves. The bill is supported by four Democrats and four Republicans in the Senate.

NPR

A Puzzle With Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink

Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, "skin" is an anagram of "sink."
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard once had a stint filing and typing for the company. She also dropped out of law school, survived breast cancer and once ran a campaign ad featuring demon sheep.
NPR

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.