Virginia Panel Issues Campus Sex Assault Recommendations

A task force issued 21 recommendations to combat sexual assaults on Virginia's college campuses.

The Task Force on Combating Sexual Violence submitted recommendations to Gov. Terry McAuliffe Thursday. He created the panel last summer.

Many of the recommendations build on or complement existing programs and few require new legislation.

The recommendations mandate sexual assault response teams on public and private campuses, the development of prevention plans to deter sexual assault, and increased sexual assault reporting options, such as smartphone applications.

The task force included campus administrators, advocates, law enforcement, higher education attorneys, health professionals and others.

Attorney General Mark Herring chaired the panel. He said the recommendations make Virginia an emerging leader on the issue of combating campus assaults.

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