McCaskill plans events focused on campus assaults

By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.



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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is planning to travel to Missouri colleges and universities to discuss ways of addressing sexual violence on campuses.

McCaskill's office says she will hold events at schools in 10 cities next week to listen to opinions about her legislation on the topic.

The bill would require campuses to designate advocates to confidentially discuss options with victims and to develop agreements with local law enforcement agencies on handling sexual assaults. Schools that don't comply with new standards for training and data collection could face penalties.

This summer, McCaskill released survey results showing that 40 percent of campuses reported no sexual assault investigations in the past five years.

McCaskill's events will be in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Kirksville, Maryville, Rolla, St. Joseph, St. Louis, Springfield and Warrensburg.

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