Hick Signs Danielson Bill to Increase Support and Services for Sexual Assault Victims on Campus

Helping Victims Get Care, Support and Justice

(May 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this afternoon 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, is a response to the growing problem of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide.

The bill instructs colleges and universities to create a protocol with a nearby medical facility that provides care and evidence collection for victims of sexual assault. It also requires school staff to receive training on how to respond to a sexual assault and to post information online about where to go for a sexual assault exam and the transportation options available to victims.

“This means public Colorado colleges and universities are providing victims of sexual assault with the most complete care possible, as soon as possible, while increasing prosecutors’ ability to get justice for survivors,” Rep. Danielson said.

“This will ensure our colleges and universities are prepared to respond to a sexual assault quickly and effectively and help victims,” Rep. Ryden said.

The bill passed the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.

 

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