GA sexual assault bill in the works– AU shows support
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GA sexual assault bill in the works– AU shows support


KIM: A CRIME THAT’S HIGHLY UNDER REPORTED, SPECIFICALLY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES NATIONWIDE… GEORGIA LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD CHANGE HOW SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE INVESTIGATED. KIM: NEWSCHANNEL 6’S SAMANTHA WILLIAMS HAS THE STORY. SAMNTHA: KIM, A CHILLING STATISTIC– ONE IN FIVE COLLEGE STUDENTS EXPERIENCES SEXUAL ASSAULT WHILE IN SCHOOL, ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE. AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY IS KICKING OFF ITS FIRST EVENT, THE CLOTHES LINE PROJECT, TODAY. A COUNSELOR AT THE COLLEGE SAYS THEY STARTED EARLY THIS YEAR TO RAISE AWARENESS BEFORE SPRING BREAK. SAMANTHA: A GEORGIA LAW TO BETTER PROTECT SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS IS IN THE WORKS. AFTER LAWMAKERS HEARD A RAPE TESTIMONY FROM A COLLEGE STUDENT, A BILL IS BEING CONSIDERED TO CHANGE HOW SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN COLLEGES ARE INVESTIGATED. CURRENTLY, UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REPORT CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS ABOUT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT TO AUTHORITIES. HB 51 COULD CHANGE THAT. BRITTANY BEAN: “WHAT WE KNOW, JUST THE AGE GROUP 18 TO 24, SEXUAL ASSAULT IS PRETTY HIGH, SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO LET STUDENTS KNOW NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT THEY WERE DOING THAT IT WASN’T THEIR FAULT.” SAMANTHA: A COUNSELOR AT AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY, BRITTANY BEAN, SAYS THERE’S A SERIOUS DISCONNECT BETWEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGES AND FEELING COMFORTABLE REPORTING IT. JOHN POWELL, STUDENT: “I’VE HAD FRIENDS, FEMALE FRIENDS, WHO HAVE DETAILED STUFF LIKE THAT, BUT THEY DIDN’T GO INTO DEEP DETAIL ABOUT IT BECAUSE I GUESS IF THEY WON’T TALK TO THE POLICE ABOUT IT, THEY ALSO PROBABLY WON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT IT, BEING A MAN.” SAMANTHA: THE RAPE CRISIS AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES AND AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY HAVE PARTNERED FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS TO ADVOCATE THIS MOVEMENT. APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH, SO THE FIRST EVENT KICKED OFF MONDAY: THE CLOTHES LINE PROJECT. BRITTANY BEAN: “A LOT OF T-SHIRTS WILL HAVE POWERFUL MESSAGES SUCH AS ‘YOU ARE STRONG’ OR JUST THE SIMPLE WORD ‘BELIEVE’ TO HOPEFULLY EMPOWER SOMEONE TO COME FORWARD AND GAIN SUPPORT.” JOHN POWELL, STUDENT: “JUST IMAGINE AFTER BEING FORCED TO ENGAGE IN AN ACT THAT YOU DID NOT WANT TO ENGAGE IN. YOU KNOW, SO THE EMOTIONAL EFFECTS ON A WOMEN IS JUST SO PROFOUND. IT CAN MAKE HER MORE ANTI-SOCIAL AND BUILD ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AND MAKE HER FEEL SHAME FOR HERSELF.” SAMNTHA: A REPRESENTATIVE AT THE RAPE CRISES AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES SAYS IF A VICTIM HAS NO MEMORY OF CONSENTING DUE TO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, THE ACT IS ILLEGAL. THE CRISIS LINE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY. BACK TO YOU.

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