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Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Associated Press

Eight U.S senators including Florida's Marco Rubio introduced legislation Wednesday they say will iprove the way colleges handle sexual violence.

Rubio said he is troubled by how many students experience sexual violence on campus.

"We are telling are young people everyday that in order to get ahead they have to go to school," he said. "Let's make sure that when they do, they're safe and that they have an environment where the college experience is one of learning, where they make lasting relationships that would last into their professional careers and not one that would involve victimization."

Under the bipartisan measure, colleges could lose a percentage of Title IX funding if they don't comply with certain requirements under the bill.

This act, for the first time, would require universities to survey students anonymously about their experience with sexual violence. The results would be published online so future students and their parents could use that information when deciding what university to attend.

Rubio said no bill is going to solve every problem in the world, but it does a tremendous job advancing the cause forward. It helps create an uniformed system, where every victim is treated equally and can go to a confident center and get accurate advice of what their options are.

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