Governor of Virginia Creates College Sex Violence Task Force

A lot of attention has recently fallen on the issue of sex crimes on college campuses around the nation. The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has decided to get on top of the issue in Virginia.

On the 21st of August, Gov. McAuliffe signed and issued a declaration to create a group, or task force, to delve into the policies governing and procedures used to investigate and resolve complaints of sex crimes on public university and college campuses.

Currently, four of the state’s universities are the subjects of federal level investigations and others have been the subject of criticism claiming failures in responding to violent sexual crimes on their campuses. Three men were deemed to be responsible for a sexual harassment and assault of a female student over spring break of 2013 and were punished by expulsion to take place after their graduations. The Virginia Military Institute recently came under fire for a new rule that forces cadets who become pregnant to leave.

The declaration represents an aggressive commitment to combat sex crimes on Virginia campuses. As part of the declaration, a report is required to be submitted by the task force by the first of June in 2015.