July 31st, 2014
As reported in today’s New York Times, on Wednesday, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation designed to address the shocking number of reported sexual assaults on college campuses across this country. The measure would require transparency for schools to make public the result of anonymous surveys concerning the assaults. Further, the proposed legislation would impose penalties on universities and colleges for failing to comply with some of the law’s requirements. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/us/college-sexual-assault-bill-in-senate.html?_r=0
The legislation is in response to a White House a task force formed in January to address the issue, which found that one in five female college students in the United States has been sexually assaulted. (https://www.notalone.gov/) . Subsequently, the Department of Education released the names of 55 colleges and universities that are under investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints. It was the first time a comprehensive list of colleges under investigation for potential violations of federal antidiscrimination law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was made public, further pressuring Congress to act.
Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, the primary proponent of the bill, said : “Very rarely does a bill become a truly collaborative process, and this bill has been truly collaborative and bipartisan,”
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault at a college or university, you should report this crime to local law enforcement immediately.
The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt stands ready to help you with your legal needs. We have exclusively represented victims of sex crimes in civil cases against institutions that have aided and abetted perpetrators such as, churches, schools, universities and colleges, daycare centers, youth camps, scouting organizations, military schools and the like since 1996. You may confidentially contact our office at 214-503-7300 or through our website : http://tkmlawfirm.com/.