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White House to set guidelines to address sexual assault on college campuses


The White House will release new guidelines on Tuesday to urge universities to handle sexual assaults more aggressively
and efficiently, The New York Times reported Monday night.

New guidelines, drafted by the task force President Barack Obama launched in January, will include recommendations for anonymous surveys of sexual assault cases every three years starting in 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported. The New York Times reported that the White House will likely call on Congress to make the survey mandatory, enforced legislatively or administratively.

Guidelines are a part of the broader report on sexual assaults. The New York Times said the report will also urge universities to ensure confidentiality of sexual assault reports and that assault prevention training programs will train bystanders on how to intervene.

The task force also plans to launch a web site called NotAlone.gov where enforcement data will be published, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At an appearance at UC Berkeley in early April, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, said she is planning to introduce federal legislation to strengthen the government’s efforts to combat sexual assault on university campuses. She, along with other legislators, also called for campus safety statistics to be included in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings.

The renewed push for more aggressive handling of sexual assaults comes after a series of high-profile cases in which students filed complaints against several universities alleging they mishandled cases of sexual assault. At UC Berkeley, 31 current and former students filed federal complaints against the university in late February, alleging officials have not pursued sexual assault cases aggressively enough.

The task force said that while one in five college students has been assaulted, only 12 percent of assaults are actually reported, The New York Times reported.

The UC also announced an expansion of its sexual violence and harassment policy in early March to meet the guidelines set by the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

The policy includes added definitions for behaviors that could constitute sexual violence and a specific definition of consent, defined as an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision.

The UC’s policy also expanded the role of Title IX officers and mandated campuses to identify resources where community members can get information about reporting a sexual harassment in a confidential manner.

No UC or UCLA officials were immediately available for a comment.

UCLA, UC Berkeley, California State University, Chico and San Diego State University are subjects of a current state audit for their sexual assault policies. UCLA also began an internal review of its policies and practices addressing sexual violence and harassment, according to a university statement released in November.

The task force is expected to provide policy recommendations on an annual basis.

Compiled by Jeong Park, Bruin contributor.

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  • http://www.marktraina.webs.com Mark N Starla Traina

    WHITE HOUSE sets GUIDELINES to address SEXUAL
    ASSAULTS on COLLEGE CAMPUSES!

    According to the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT of
    JUSTICE:

    1)
    In 2013, over 34,000 WHITE WOMEN were RAPED by BLACK MEN
    in NORTH AMERICA!

    2)
    In 2013, 8 BLACK WOMEN were RAPED by WHITE MEN in NORTH
    AMERICA!

    3)
    BLACK are more than 90-TIMES more likely to COMMIT a RACE
    HATE against a WHITE PERSON than VICE-VERSA!

    April
    28, 2014 8:19

    The White House will release new guidelines on Tuesday to urge
    universities to handle sexual assaults more aggressively

    and efficiently, The New York Times reported Monday night.

    New guidelines, drafted by the task force President Barack Obama launched
    in January, will include recommendations for anonymous surveys of sexual
    assault cases every three years starting in 2015, the Los Angeles Times
    reported. The New York Times reported that the White House will likely call on
    Congress to make the survey mandatory, enforced legislatively or
    administratively.

    Guidelines are a part of the broader report on sexual assaults. The New
    York Times said the report will also urge universities to ensure
    confidentiality of sexual assault reports and that assault prevention training
    programs will train bystanders on how to intervene.

    The task force also plans to launch a web site called NotAlone.gov where
    enforcement data will be published, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    At an appearance at UC Berkeley in early April, Rep. Jackie Speier,
    D-Hillsborough, said she is planning to introduce federal legislation to
    strengthen the government’s efforts to combat sexual assault on university
    campuses. She, along with other legislators, also called for campus safety
    statistics to be included in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college
    rankings.

    The renewed push for more aggressive handling of sexual assaults comes
    after a series of high-profile cases in which students filed complaints against
    several universities alleging they mishandled cases of sexual assault. At UC
    Berkeley, 31 current and former students filed federal complaints against the
    university in late February, alleging officials have not pursued sexual assault
    cases aggressively enough.

    Continue reading:

    http://dailybruin.com/2014/04/28/white-house-to-set-guidelines-to-address-sexual-assault-on-college-campuses/

    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE