Do you find it challenging to keep up with the latest news, research, and tools related to sexual assault? The national spotlight on sexual assault has led to increasingly rapid developments in the field, some of which have implications for how we serve survivors. Unfortunately, advocates are rarely afforded the luxury of time to read and stay up to date, so it’s all too easy to overlook a helpful tool or research study. To that end, I’ll be writing a new, semi-regular #TBT (Throwback Thursday) series for CALCASA highlighting available resources and information you may have missed relevant to intervention and advocacy.
Mr. Cohn, from the bipartisan organization FIRE, asserted that the rights to due process for accused students need to be strengthened. His testimony supported the controversial idea that campuses refrain from adjudicating sexual assault cases entirely and instead turn cases over to law enforcement, a strategy that has been denounced by both advocates and survivors. He denigrated the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA) for not providing strong enough protections for accused students, while voicing support for the provisions included in the SAFE Campus Act and FAIR Campus Act.
Lisa Maatz spoke from her experiences as a former executive director of a domestic violence agency and director of a campus women’s center, saying, “When campus environments are hostile because of sexual harassment and violence, students can’t learn. It’s that simple, and that devastating.” Ms. Maatz highlighted two pieces of AAUW-sponsored legislation – the Survivor Outreach and Support (SOS) Campus Act, which would require schools to partner with community-based sexual assault agencies and establish independent victim advocates on campus; and the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency on (HALT) Campus Sexual Violence Act that would increase funding for Title IX and Clery Act investigations and mandate climate surveys thereby providing crucial information for addressing sexual assault.
Watch the full hearing on “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses” below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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