WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning, NY 23) is continuing his efforts to reduce sexual assaults across the country with a new bill focused on curbing sexual assaults on college campuses. The Campus Accountability and Safety Act sets a number of new provisions in motion to make sure colleges and universities are responsive to the needs of students. A bipartisan group of 18 House Members joined to introduce the bill.
According to Reed, the new bill will empower every student with adequate and fair resources so they feel safe on campus and are protected against victimization.
The bill focuses on strengthening accountability and transparency for colleges and universities, sets stiff penalties for a school’s non-compliance, requires training for on-campus personnel and gives students access to confidential advisors to use as a resource. The bill also creates an annual, anonymous survey for students country-wide on their experience with sexual violence on campus. The anonymous results will be published online so that parents and students have the information available when they make decisions on school choice.
The bill already has strong support in the Senate and has been introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators including Senator Gillibrand of New York.
Reed was at The State University of New York at Fredonia last week for a sexual assault awareness and prevention roundtable. He also continues to be involved in the NO MORE organization’s efforts to end sexual assault and domestic violence. Earlier this year he led his House colleagues in recognizing national NO MORE week and national Sexual Assault Awareness month.