VAWA Signed Today Includes New Requirements for College Sexual Assault Policies

The new Violence Against Women Act, which will be signed into law by President Obama today, will include additional requirements about colleges’ prevention of and response to sexual assault.  The inclusion of preventative education in the law is one of the more striking and important additions, according to NPR’s Morning Edition.  As many remember, the addition of preventative healthy sexuality education is one of the central goals of ASC, and has been improved at Haverford in the recent years.  Other tenets of the new law include the requirement that colleges provide additional resources to survivors of sexual violence.  So, is Haverford doing enough (check out the revamped Sexual Misconduct resource page for more info)?  What else could and should the college do, now that these requirements are clearly outlined in both Title IX and VAWA?

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