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senate Bill S. 590

Punishing Colleges That Don't Investigate Sexual Assault on Campus

Argument in favor

Universities need to take more responsibility in preventing sexual assault on campuses. Students deserve to feel safe when coming forward to report these crimes, and be attended to when they do.

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10/22/2015
"I am proud to cosponsor this bill and hold this issue important to me."
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BarackObama's Opinion
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10/22/2015
"It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable." [whitehouse.gov]
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JoeBiden's Opinion
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10/22/2015
“Make sure women who are abused never, never, never ask themselves the rhetorical question 'What did I do?'” [woub.org]
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Argument opposed

The bill unfairly targets schools for not reporting something that is difficult to resolve. Universities don't have the money to pay for investigations into every incident of sexual violence on campus.

Elinor's Opinion
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04/26/2015
Even in the Dark Ages when I attended college, I saw NO attempts by the university to let sexual predators escape penalty. Now too many unbelievably stupid females go to college and put themselves in unbelievably stupid dangerous situations. They are drunk to the point that they cannot defend themselves. This is not a boys-will-be-boys excuse for rape. This is not a drunken-bitch-deserves-to-get-raped condemnation. Nobody deserves that. However, why are such females so damn stupid? And why are some members of Congress blaming and holding responsible colleges and universities for crimes perpetrated by adults against adults? Congress does not blame a city, county, township, or state for occurrences of rape within that jurisdiction. That the criminals and the victims are students makes them no less guilty and no less victimized than non-students in similar situations off campus. Call whatever law enforcement agency exists for any college or university where crime occurs to investigate, arrest, and prosecute rapists, just as would occur beyond the grounds of a college or university.
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Rick's Opinion
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06/20/2015
The school isn't a law enforcement agency!!
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Rob's Opinion
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07/22/2015
This money should go towards teaching males to not be sexual assailants.
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    "I am proud to cosponsor this bill and hold this issue important to me."
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    Even in the Dark Ages when I attended college, I saw NO attempts by the university to let sexual predators escape penalty. Now too many unbelievably stupid females go to college and put themselves in unbelievably stupid dangerous situations. They are drunk to the point that they cannot defend themselves. This is not a boys-will-be-boys excuse for rape. This is not a drunken-bitch-deserves-to-get-raped condemnation. Nobody deserves that. However, why are such females so damn stupid? And why are some members of Congress blaming and holding responsible colleges and universities for crimes perpetrated by adults against adults? Congress does not blame a city, county, township, or state for occurrences of rape within that jurisdiction. That the criminals and the victims are students makes them no less guilty and no less victimized than non-students in similar situations off campus. Call whatever law enforcement agency exists for any college or university where crime occurs to investigate, arrest, and prosecute rapists, just as would occur beyond the grounds of a college or university.
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    "It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable." [whitehouse.gov]
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    “Make sure women who are abused never, never, never ask themselves the rhetorical question 'What did I do?'” [woub.org]
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    The way colleges and universities have handled sexual assaults on campus is pathetic and degrading to the victims. It practically encourages assaults because the perpetrators know they will face little or no punishment. These schools must be held accountable for their total failure of their female students and their de facto encouragement of sexual assault by allowing fraternities to run amok, hide their crime statistics from students, parents, and the public, and fail to report these crimes to the police. They need to provide services to victims as well as properly punish the criminals to show they actually care what happens to the women on their campuses.
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    If the proper measures are not taken to find the criminal guilty of such a crime, the university should be punished. While the outcome is not always favorable to every investigation, making sure the proper measures are taken to solve the crime to the best of their ability is on the university.
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    The school isn't a law enforcement agency!!
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    This money should go towards teaching males to not be sexual assailants.
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    Every student should be able to focus on learning, not fear.
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    This should be up to the states.
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    Sexual assault is a major issue, and it's irresponsible to not punish any institution that lets offenders get away.
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    Schools that do not investigate abuse (of any kind) should not receive federal funds nor should they retain their accreditation. If improper handling continues, the institution & those responsible should be subject to legal repercussions as if they had committed the crime themselves. If the institution is unable to perform a proper investigation, it should be escalated to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction. We cannot afford to continue destroying lives by heaping insult upon injury.
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    Using the power of the state to intimidate and blackmail institutions of higher learning would simply be a disgrace.
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    From my own small perspective at a small liberal arts college, I saw numerous occasions where sexual assault victims were swept under the rug, especially in situations where high profile members of the the student body stood to be accused.
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    Universities should cooperate with police to investigate reported crimes, but let's not add on more layers of bureaucracy to the education system. Even though it's obviously well-intentioned, it's important to consider the burden this would add to the university.
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    People who are sexually assaulted should feel safe in reporting the wrong done to them, if colleges can't even provide this safety, how can college campuses day that they are actually safe. These colleges should at least TRY to make ALL students feel as safe as they possibly can at their home away from home.
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    Why wouldn't any college campuses investigate all claims? This seems ludicrous to me!
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    That is the responsibility of the cops not rent-a-cops who work for the college/university
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    Less than 2% of all sexual assault cases are false reports. Besides, wouldn't it be better to investigate and prove false without a shadow of a doubt? Then you could protect victims while also protecting the university reputation.
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    This is out of control. I volunteer with rape survivors and the cover ups at colleges are among the most horrific. This steals the lives of survivors and is an outrage. The cover ups have to stop. Survivors must be treated with dignity and have full access to services to heal while continuing their education.
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