Lawmakers Propose Expansion of Clery Act

Published: December 1, 2010

WASHINGTON— Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC) has announced its endorsement of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act) [H.R. 6461], which was introduced on Tuesday by Congressmen Thomas Perriello (D-VA 5th) and John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN 2nd). The act, if passed, would help college campus communities better prevent sexual assault and other forms of intimate partner violence, as well as provide an essential framework for institutions to use when an incident is reported, according to Melissa Lucchesi of SOC.

“The Campus SaVE Act targets this issue from the most crucial angles – prevention efforts, collaboration, motivating everyone to become involved in making sure that violence is not tolerated and that victims are supported, and most importantly protecting those who have been victimized,” she said in a press release.

This legislation would update 18-year-old provisions in the federal Jeanne Clery Act to cover a more inclusive range of intimate partner violence, including stalking, dating violence, sexual violence or domestic violence, in addition to sexual assault. It would also expand campus educational programming already offered under Clery Act programs to include primary prevention and bystander intervention, empowering students to respond safely when they encounter sexual violence on campus.

“This legislation will improve our response to reported incidents, but the ultimate goal is to empower young people to end relationships and seek assistance before they become victims,” said Congressman Perriello. 

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