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Sanders: Law Enforcement Should Handle Campus Rape

Sen. Bernie Sanders called for local law enforcement to handle cases of campus rape, suggesting that they were better able to handle cases of it.

“Rape and assault is rape or assault whether it takes place on a campus or a dark street,” he said Monday at the Black and Brown Presidential Forum in Iowa.

“If a student rapes another student it has got to be understood as a very serious crime, it has to get outside of the school and have a police investigation and that has to take place.”

The Hill reports:

He added that too many schools are treating it as a “student issue” instead of referring accusations to law enforcement and added that victims shouldn’t have to be in classes with their rapists.

But the idea of mandatory law enforcement referral has long been met by with skepticism by advocates trying to stop sexual assaults on college campuses. Ninety percent of survivors polled by the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and Know Your IX said they wanted to have the choice of whether to report or to whom, while 80 percent agreed that mandatory police reporting could “have a chilling effect on reporting.”

Sanders’s campaign did not respond to requests to clarify the senator’s comments.

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