Statement in response to Bernie Sanders comments on how to investigate campus rape

Statement Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet in response to Bernie Sanders comments on how to investigate campus rape:

“Police and prosecutors routinely fail survivors of sexual assault. Bernie Sanders’ position fails to acknowledge the reality many survivors face. We have seen time and time again that the criminal justice system falls short when it comes to investigating and prosecuting rape–in fact, just two of every 100 perpetrators of sexual violence ever see a day behind bars. Bernie Sanders’ position fails to address the epidemic of campus rape, and would hurt rather than help survivors. Sexual assault isn’t just a crime–it’s a civil rights violation–and schools are required by law to address it. The decision about whether or not to report an assault to law enforcement should be entirely up to the survivor.

Bernie Sanders can and must do better. He should meet with survivors, hear from them directly, and then work to develop a more comprehensive plan to deal with this serious issue.”

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