July 2, 2014
Susan Davis Takes Steps to Fight Sexual Assault on College
WASHINGTON – With recent data showing an increase in sexual assaults on college campuses across the nation, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is taking steps to make colleges safer.
“Colleges and universities are places of learning and mentoring. Students should feel safe on campus in their academic pursuits as they work to fulfill their dreams for the future,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Working with students and school officials, we need to ensure resources and policies are in place that will give victims the confidence to come forward, prevent incidents of violence, and encourage a safe environment.”
Davis recently held a sexual assault roundtable at her San Diego office to hear from local college students about the educational, social, and cultural impact of sexual assault on college campuses. The participants were on-campus advocates who focus on mental health issues. Each spoke from a different perspective that varied from public policy, reporting issues, and the need for a cultural paradigm shift on college campuses to effectively combat sexual assault on college campuses. Davis plans to share this information with her colleagues and keep the discussion going about how we can increase safety on campus.
In the House of Representatives, Davis recently cosponsored the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would require institutes of higher education to improve reporting of incidents of crimes on campus as well as report what measures are being implemented to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.