A group of Senators deeply disturbed by a statistic that shows that nearly one in five women are sexually assaulted each year on college campuses, and that the vast majority of those cases go unreported, will be taking to Capitol Hill this morning to address the role of law enforcement in these types of situations.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism will be holding the hearing called “Campus Sexual Assault: the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement” Tuesday at 10 a.m., nearly three weeks after Rolling Stone published a story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that made headlines across the nation.
Senator Whitehouse will preside over the meeting that includes two panels of witnesses. The first are well-known political advocates for sexual assault victims: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and New York Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand. The second wave of testimonials will come from individuals on university campuses and support network organizations: Angela Fleischer, assistant director of student support and intervention for confidential advising at Southern Oregon University; Kathy Zoner, chief of the Cornell University Police; and Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One.
Hopes are that this hearing will shed more light on how best to approach campus sexual assault victims and encourage them to step forward and report their cases.