Campus Sexual Assault—McCaskill Rallies Colleagues for Action

Republican Senators supporting legislation by U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand to curb sexual assaults on campuses today took center stage at an event to rally support for the bipartisan bill. “We’ve taken huge steps forward over the past two years in crafting this bipartisan, commonsense plan—but students on campuses across this country can’t wait any longer for us to act on it,” said McCaskill, a former prosecutor of sex crimes. “This legislation reflects the input of countless survivors, universities, advocates, and law enforcement officials. We’ve got a smart policy solution that helps curb these crimes, increases responsiveness when crimes do occur, protects and empowers students, and creates an accountable system with real teeth. Even at a time when it’s hard to get much done around here, I’m confident these are solutions that my colleagues in the Senate can agree on, and I look forward to working with them to get this across the finish line. It’s time to get this bill passed.” McCaskill and Gillibrand were joined by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. The Senators were also joined by advocates Andrea Pino and Annie Clark of End Rape on Campus.