The College Democrats of Massachusetts recently voted to endorse MA Senate Bill 650, which would mandate all MA colleges and universities to conduct a climate survey regarding sexual assault on campus. Senator William Brownsberger’s proposed Bill 650 would create 1) awareness of how each school community handles/view sexual assault, and 2) accountability on the part of school administrators. The bill would require schools to release their survey results, which is vital if we are to learn about issues faced by local schools and get a sense of where work must be done. Without this mandate schools lack the incentive to report sexual assault, prioritizing their image over the safety of their students. Bill 650 removes this stigma and would enable schools to better understand sexual assault as it pertains to their respective campuses, and thus aid them in creating pathways for progress. Furthermore, a publicized survey means that schools can no longer bury sexual assault and shirk their responsibility to provide resources and care for survivors.
In a time when Title IX violations are rampant, hidden, and unaddressed, this bill as a positive step forward in handling/preventing sexual assault on college campuses. As such, it is essential Senator Brownsberger receives support and the bill is pushed through. Mandatory climate surveys will help educate school administrators on what needs addressing within their communities in order to ensure student safety and survivor aid.
As CDM’s new Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate, I will be working closely with the team on all issues surrounding sexual assault awareness and prevention. I hope to connect College Democrat chapters across MA with local organizations/nonprofits in order to create safer campuses. Supporting Bill 650 is a excellent way to begin this crucial advocacy work!
What To Do:
Email or call your legislator using this reference sheet!
Write a guest blog about the bill!
Facebook or Tweet about the bill! (Use #PWFAMA!)