Danielson Introduces Bill to Support Campus Sexual Assault Survivors
DENVER – Today Colorado State Representative Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) introduced legislation requiring Colorado’s higher education institutions to put in place higher standards to respond to incidents of sexual assault on campuses.
“HB-1220 will put in place a response standard at colleges and universities to make sure that victims receive the most complete care possible, as soon as possible,” Danielson said. “This measure provides an infrastructure for schools to put in place better services so that victims are getting the support they need at a time of crisis.”
HB-1220 requires colleges and universities to establish a set protocol with a medical facility that provides sexual assault patient care and sexual assault evidence collection, and to assist victims in getting transportation to that facility. It also establishes a fund for gifts and grants to support the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program to increase services near campuses. The bill further requires schools to establish policies for training staff on responding to victims and providing referrals to victims advocates.
“Colorado colleges and universities both want and need to provide better support for assault victims,” Danielson said. “This bill will set standards for schools to help victims in the critical minutes and hours after an assault.”