Senator Favola Works with Colleagues to Pass Sexual Assault Bill Out of Senate
Richmond, VA- Today, the Senate voted unanimously to pass SB 1329, patroned by Senator Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham), Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) Senator Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria). SB 1329 seeks to address the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses by requiring universities to create memorandums of understanding with local sexual assault crisis centers and to provide survivors with access to other community resources.
Senator Favola stated: “This legislation represents a positive step in protecting our young people and making college campuses safer. SB 1329 strengthens support systems for sexual assault survivors and empowers these survivors to pursue charges against their assailants.”
Under SB 1329, the universities must provide the sexual assault survivor with an explanation of options for counseling and different disciplinary and law-enforcement investigations that the survivor may initiate. The bill also requires that universities adopt policies addressing nonretaliation for survivors who fear that their conduct related to the incident may also be questioned or who are concerned that an official report might jeopardize their academic status.
Two Senate companion bills, SB 712 and SB 1193, also passed the Senate unanimously.
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 sits on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.