Bustos & Bipartisan Coalition To Introduce Bill To Combat College Sexual Assault Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and a bipartisan coalition of House Members led by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) announced they will soon introduce the House version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), which takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices. Bustos helped lead a similar effort last year.  

“No student should live in fear of being the victim of sexual assault, and we must work together to protect students, empower survivors, and hold perpetrators fully accountable,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I am proud to help lead this continued bipartisan effort to combat the sexual assault crisis we are grappling with on America’s college campuses. Sexual assault is a staggeringly common and underreported crime that our bill will help put an end to and ensure its survivors are not being swept under the rug.”

The House legislation will mirror the Senate’s version of CASA that was introduced today by a bipartisan coalition of eight Senators, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

The legislation this Congress incorporates feedback from a range of stakeholders and makes changes to strengthen the climate surveys, coordination with local law enforcement, rights to due process, and the role of a confidential advisor, as well as creating a new competitive grant to research best practices for improving prevention of and response to sexual assault on our nation’s campuses.