ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In the first week of April, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she and several of her colleagues were starting a probe into sexual assaults on college campuses.
Less than 10 days later, the White House announced the Justice Department was launching its own inquiry.
So, what kind of progress is the Senator making?
McCaskill says she’ll have her first “roundtable” with interested parties in Washington on May 19. She says the primary responsibility of the silent epidemic should be handled by police and local prosecutors, but that’s not always the case.
In 2012, there were 5,000 sex offenses on college campuses.
“Right now, it’s very rare for someone who commits this crime on a campus to be criminally prosecuted,” says McCaskill. “It’s more likely that there’s a Title IX administrative proceeding, which frankly usually results in some kind of suspension for some period time from the college campus.”
She believes that a suspension is not a serious enough punishment. McCaskill adds that many of the cases are serious and criminal assaults.
A multi-page survey was sent out to colleges and universities. McCaskill will not release who was on the receiving end nor will she reveal any answers, but she promises to have punishing legislation ready to go by the end of June.
McCaskill will also host a series of roundtable discussions with current or former student survivors, campus safety and sexual assault experts, sex crimes prosecutors, university law enforcement, victim advocacy and response organizations, and university administrators.
The dates are below:
The Clery Act and the Campus SaVE Act: Monday, May 19, 2-4 p.m.
Title IX: Monday, June 2, 2-4 p.m.
Administrative Process and the Criminal Justice System: Monday, June 16, 2-4 p.m.
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