Bill would require Virginia colleges to report sexual assaults

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Campus police would be required to report sexual assaults to their local prosecutors within 48 hours after an investigation begins under a proposal Virginia lawmakers will consider this year. Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat from Springfield, is sponsoring the measure. She’s planning a news conference in Richmond on Tuesday to rally support for her bill. The proposal follows increased scrutiny over the way colleges handle sexual assaults. Filler-Corn says victims’ advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors will be on hand to urge passage of the bill. The bill would only apply to sexual assaults on property owned or controlled by colleges. At some colleges, that could exclude privately owned fraternity houses.

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