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Governor Signs Bill to Help Campus Sexual Assault Victims

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Among a handful of bills the governor signed April 14 is a measure to help victims of sexual assault on college campuses.  Campus staff members who investigate those assaults will now go through sensitivity training.

  The training will be required of anyone involved in the a rape investigation on a college or university campus -- people like school police, local law enforcement, or the university official whose job it is to work with victims.

“And in some cases they know what to do, they’ve been trained, and in some cases they haven’t. And there really has not been some sort of uniform training. With the goal, of treating the victim with the sensitivity they need,” says Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat from Fairfax. Filler-Corn, the bill’s main sponsor, stood alongside the Governor at Virginia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance in Richmond as he spoke on the importance of giving victims support and justice.

Governor Mcauliffe said, “They are entitled to our best efforts and we are going to give them our best efforts.” The Governor signed 4 new laws to aid in that cause -- including one that ensures all rape kits will be tested for DNA evidence.

Mallory Noe-Payne is Radio IQ's Richmond reporter and bureau chief.
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