State lawmakers are considering a measure regarding sexual assault on college campuses.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says this is a problem, citing statistics from the U.S. Department of Education: One in five undergraduate women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape, and it should not be overlooked that about 6 percent of male undergraduates become victims of sexual assault as well, she said.
The bill would:
Require colleges and universities to have a plan in place for responding to sexual assault complaints and for tracking the response
To notify victims of their right to privacy, the opportunity to seek an order of protection, and to change class schedules and housing, if needed, to avoid the offender
To have a confidential advisor available
To have a system for fair adjudication of sexual assault allegations.
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The attorney general says if this law is enacted, then all students, regardless of the size of the institution they attend or where in the state it is, will have resources and will have their complaint taken seriously if they are sexually assaulted.
The bill is sponsored by State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) and State Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg).