Senate Judiciary Hearing Held Discuss Law Enforcement’s Role In Assaults On College Campuses


There was a hearing with the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday with a focus on how the use of law enforcement plays a role in the overwhelming number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island was on hand for the hearing and said, “I am concerned that law enforcement is being marginalized when it comes to the crime of campus sexual assault. I’m concerned that the specter of flawed law enforcement overshadows the harm of marginalized law enforcement.”

The Senate decided to hold the hearing as a result of the growing number of incidents on campus with very few of them actually being reported by the victims and few perpetrators being brought to justice. There have been many cases recently with victims stating that they felt further victimized by reporting their assaults to law enforcement and college officials, which drives them away from reporting the crimes.

The bill sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Claire McCaskill was discussed during the hearing as well. The bill in question proposes that colleges be mandated to have a clear and concise idea of how they will work with law enforcement agencies to handle cases of sexual assault on campus.

Gillibrand released a prepared statement saying, “But, time and time again, I have heard from far too many survivors of campus sexual assault that they have felt re-victimized by the process of trying to see justice for the crime committed against them.”

The proposed bill is being supported by a select group of bipartisan senators and is further supported by President Obama’s new initiative to address the issue with his “It’s On Us” campaign.

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