McCaskill staff surveying colleges on assaults

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill says her staff is surveying college campuses to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the institutions support assault victims.

McCaskill, a Democrat, told the Kansas City Star Thursday that she’s determined to make college campuses safer for women. She says that could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students.

A January report from the White House Council on Women and Girls cited a 2011 survey that found 20 percent of women reported being sexual assault victims.

McCaskill says after her staff completes its research, she plans to gather college presidents, the Association of University Women and others in higher education to create a consensus for reforms.

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  • MsBunny

    After all these years of hope and support, I am done with this politician. Yesterday’s military sexual harassment verdict and her lack of support for Gillibrand’s efforts did it for me. Terribly disappointing, but a person has to know when it’s time to just let it go. For me, the time is now.

    • MsBunny

      Why didn’t she support taking military sexual attacks out of the hands of the military in order to guarantee fairness and appropriate punishment? What was her payoff? Had to be something. She loses a lot of gravitas regarding this topic in the service, on college campuses, in home invasions, on dates, etc. Very unfortunate.

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