Cal State to hire advocates for assault victims

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The California State University system is planning to appoint independent victim's advocates at its 23 campuses to work with students who have been sexually assaulted.

Cal State Chancellor Timothy White announced the move Tuesday, days after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer called on all California colleges to voluntarily create the positions. Boxer and Rep. Susan Davis have introduced legislation that would require all U.S. colleges and universities that receive federal funding to establish an office where sexual assault victims could confidentially seeks information about their rights and legal options.

CSU spokesman Mike Uhlencamp says six Cal State schools already have such offices and that the rest will be in place by June.

A University of California task force has recommended that victim's advocates be hired at the 10 UC campuses.

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