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Area lawmaker proposes college sex assault response bill

The legislature's Higher Education Committee has raised a proposed bill concerning sexual assaults on college campuses.  Committee co-chair Kent Representative Roberta Willis says legislation on the issues passed in 2012 focused on prevention.


Willis says this new proposal seeks to ensure colleges provide supportive responses to sexual assault victims.  Supporters of the proposal say that means making options for reporting sexual assault are clear to victims, that they receive assistance in making those reports and that they have access to appropriate services.


The proposal is being supported by all female members of the legislature.  The committee will hold a public hearing on the bill on February 11th.

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