McCaskill Attends Launch of White House ‘It’s On Us’ Campaign Against Sexual Violence
Senator applauds White House effort to curb college sexual assault, pledges continued legislative efforts
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and former sex crimes prosecutor Claire McCaskill was on hand at the White House today for the launch of the “It’s On Us” campaign, an effort to change the national culture around sexual assault on college campuses. McCaskill released the following statement:
“I’m grateful the White House is continuing to direct much-needed attention to the issue of sexual violence on our college campuses. If we’re going to turn the tide against such violence, we need the type of cultural shift that the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign aims to bring about. But change doesn’t happen quickly, which is why we need to pass our bipartisan legislation that will help curb these crimes, protect and empower students, and ensure perpetrators are held accountable.”
In July, McCaskill and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Campus Security and Accountability Act, to take aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, and strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions—including establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices.
McCaskill also recently announced the results of her unprecedented nationwide survey of how sexual assaults are handled on college campuses, which demonstrated a disturbing failure by many institutions to comply with the law and with best practices in how they handle sexual violence against students. The survey found that more than 40 percent of schools have not conducted a single investigation in five years, 21 percent of schools provide no training to faculty and staff, and 31 percent provide no training for students. The 440 institutions represented in the survey are currently educating more than five million students across the country.
McCaskill also recently held a series of three roundtable discussions, which convened stakeholders from across the country to focus on the Clery Act and the Campus SaVE Act, Title IX, and the Criminal Justice System & the Administrative Process. See video highlights of the previous roundtables HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Read a copy of McCaskill’s ‘Sexual Violence on Campus’ report HERE.