Increasing Support and Services for Sexual Assault Victims

(March 17) – The House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee voted 11-2 this afternoon to pass a bill to improve support services for sexual assault victims at public colleges and universities.

HB15-1220, sponsored by Reps. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Su Ryden, D-Aurora, instructs colleges and universities to create a protocol with a nearby medical facility that provides care and evidence collection for victims of sexual assault, an increasing problem on campuses nationwide. It also requires schools to receive training to prepare staff to respond to a sexual assault incident on campus and to have information online about where to go for a sexual assault exam and the transportation options available to victims.

“This bill will put in place a response standard at public colleges and universities to make sure that victims of sexual assault receive the most complete care possible, as soon as possible,” Rep. Danielson told the committee.

“This will ensure that our colleges and universities can provide the best support possible to sexual assault victims and help them begin the healing process,” Rep. Ryden said.

The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.

releasesRachel Caine