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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after his bill to reduce domestic abuse and sexual assault on college campus, the Campus SaVE Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act:

“I am pleased that my Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act will move forward for full consideration in the Senate as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. This important legislation will improve how institutions of higher education prevent and respond to incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and empower young people to end unhealthy relationships before they become victims. I urge the full Senate to take up this bill as soon as possible.”

Senator Casey’s legislation will close a gap in the law by requiring colleges and universities to clearly spell out their policies regarding sexual assault and intimate partner violence.  The provision will also increase awareness and prevention of these acts of violence by requiring transparency of information, prevention programs, assistance for victims and clear institutional judicial proceedings to promote accountability.