Rep. Maloney introduces Campus SaVE Act to help reduce dating violence at colleges and universities

Feb 26, 2013 Issues: Women's Issues
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Jon Houston (202) 225-7944

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has reintroduced the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, H.R.812, that requires institutions of higher education to develop and communicate their policies on dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence and increases reporting requirements of these incidents. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the bill in the Senate (S. 128).

Maloney’s Campus SaVE Act was passed as part of the bipartisan Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization, but has been omitted from the House Republican substitute scheduled for consideration tomorrow.

“The House majority should include Campus SaVE Act in any VAWA reauthorization,” Maloney said. “Students must be able to focus on their studies without fear of abuse in their personal lives. When abuse does occur, they should be aware that help is available on campus. Too often, victims are afraid or unaware of institutional policies-- or are ashamed to raise the issue at all. We should be protecting our college campuses and keeping students as safe as possible.”

The bill requires colleges to increase awareness via public disclosure of assault incidents, prevention information campaigns, and provides assistance to institutions to implement these requirements.