RELEASE: Reps. Maloney and Khanna Join with Students and Advocates to Combat Campus Sexual Assault
NEW YORK, NY — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) joined student leaders and advocates to seek new ways to tackle the inadequate sexual assault reporting processes currently employed on college campuses nationwide. The members announced a new effort to track sexual assaults on college campuses through a standardized, national survey and discussed ways to combat the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of Title IX protections for student victims. Sexual assault is a pervasive problem all students contend with during their tenure on campus. One in 5 female students are victims of sexual assault while in college.[i]
“I’m so pleased to join Rep. Ro Khanna and these students and advocates to address the epidemic of campus sexual assault,” said Rep. Maloney. “With 1 in 5 women experiencing sexual assault in college, we are failing miserably at ensuring that every student has equal access to a higher education. Unfortunately, efforts to address this epidemic have been severely hampered by a lack of clear, consistent data. That is why Rep. Khanna and I are now working on legislation to create a national, standardized campus survey to better collect information about sexual assault so we can make informed policy decisions to address this widespread problem.”
“It’s my honor to join Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, advocates, and students today in recognizing the severity of campus sexual assault. I thank everyone for their advocacy, enthusiasm and drive for justice,” said Rep. Khanna. “Every 98 seconds, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. I stand with Congresswoman Maloney, my colleagues, and most importantly, survivors, in taking the first step toward a solution -- creating a nationwide college campus survey to improve information and data collection about sexual assault. It’s time we make informed policy decisions to address this widespread problem, and this legislation is a good place to start.”
Earlier this month Reps. Maloney and Khanna called for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “stealthing,” or non-consensual condom removal.
Rep. Maloney is the House sponsor of H.R. 1949, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA). Rep. Khanna was the first member of Congress to endorse the recall of the judge in the Brock Turner sexual assault case and is a cosponsor of CASA.
Maloney also authored the Campus SaVE Act, which was signed into law in 2013 and requires colleges to increase awareness via public disclosure of assault incidents, prevention information campaigns, and provides assistance to institutions to implement these requirements.
CASA would expand upon by Campus SaVE by:
- Establishing stiff, enforceable penalties for violations of the Clery Act.
- Ensuring campus authorities coordinate with local law enforcement to delineate roles and share information when a crime occurs.
- Establishing new resources for survivors of campus sexual assault, including Sexual Assault Response Coordinators to provide information and coordinate support services.
- Establishing a uniform process to adjudicate sexual assault cases, and ensure on-campus personnel receive proper training.
- Establishing a biennial, confidential survey of students about sexual violence on campus.