Press Release: SENATOR FAVOLA ADDRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT LEGISLATION AT BILL SIGNING
Richmond, VA – Today, Senator Favola (D-Arlington) spoke in favor of legislation addressing campus sexual assault at the Governor’s bill signing ceremony. Governor McAuliffe signed three bills at the event. Senator Favola helped craft the legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to reduce occurrences of sexual assault on college campuses, as well as strengthen protective measures for assault survivors.
Sen. Favola: “Today the Governor is signing legislation that will make our campuses safer, protect survivors of sexual assault, and hold perpetrators responsible for their crimes. I was proud to work with Democrats, Republicans, advocates and college administrators to create a bill that works to accomplish these goals. This bill achieves the important balance of maintaining the privacy of the victim while providing for a more robust investigation of sexual assault allegations. I applaud Governor McAuliffe for signing this important measure.”
The legislation signed by Governor McAuliffe creates a response system that requires colleges and universities to include campus safety staff as part of their threat assessment teams in the investigation of alleged sexual assaults on campuses. This action closes an important loophole in the campus response system. The bills also provide for enhanced services to the victim, including requirements to ensure that the victim can access needed support services.
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.