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SUNY backs campus sex assault bill

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Studies show that 1 in 5 women in college will be a victim of sexual assault or an attempted assault. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wants colleges held accountable and has bipartisan support on a bill in Congress to do just that.

Now the state university of New York, the largest university system in the country, became the first university to back this bill.

Studies show that women who attend college are more likely to be sexually assaulted on campus than women who did not attend college.

Gillibrand's bill in Congress would require new standards for training university personnel on how to handle sexual assault victims. It would also establish new financial penalties for not complying.

Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder is the founder of the first sex crimes prosecution bureau in the country. She said a critical component of the bill is that it will not allow colleges to hold the victim responsible if they were involved in underage drinking when they were assaulted.

The bipartisan bill also includes a yearly anonymous survey of every student at every college and university about their experience with sexual violence. The results would be posted online for parents and future college students to read and help them make a decision on what college they want to attend.

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