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Connecticut Legislature Proposes Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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Every woman in the Connecticut Legislature, in both the House and the Senate, both republican and democrat, back a new bill focused on campus safety against sexual assault.

The bill would bring uniformity to all of Connecticut’s colleges and universities in the way they handle reports of sexual assaults and abuse between intimate partners.

Among several proposals, institutions of higher learning, public and private, would be required to allow students and school employees to report assaults anonymously.

Universities and colleges would have to establish Sexual Assault Response Teams, and would also be responsible for reporting each year to the General Assembly.

“We’re trying to get more transparency and more accountability from the colleges,” Rep. Roberta Willis, (D) Westport, said.

The General Assembly convenes Wednesday, and a public hearing on the bill was expected five days after the session begins.

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