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Sexual Misconduct

New assault reporting law should improve prevention

New assault reporting law should improve prevention

Marylanders will soon have a better idea of the extent of the problem of sexual assault in our institutions of higher education — as well as what our institutions are doing to respond. Thanks to House Bill 571, which goes into effect Wednesday, all Maryland colleges and universities must survey their students every other year regarding sexual assault victimization, access to prevention programming and the availability of on- and off-campus resources. Starting next summer, the information from these surveys will be available to the public. This bill, sponsored by Del. Shelly Hettleman of the 11th District, is the first of its kind in the nation. It mandates the collection of...