State senator concerned about sexual assaults on Louisiana college campuses
New Orleans senator J.P. Morrell has called on the Louisaina Board of Regents to create a report detailing the number of sexual assaults reported across state colleges over the last five years. Morrell is seeking information after a national survey found that many college campuses are not going a good enough job addressing the problem.
"My question to the Board of Regents is, I would like the data on how you currently address this issue to see if there is a problem," Morrell said.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's report calls into question just how effective colleges and universities are at handling potential sexual assault cases. Morrell says he wants to make sure local university personnel are handling these sensitive cases correctly.
"You see a lot of cases where that initial reach out to that faculty or authority figure, if that goes badly they don't report it," he said.
Morrell says if colleges and universities are struggling with mishandling of sexual assault claims, then the state has an obligation to help those institutions protect their students.
"Most importantly," he added, "if they are not doing a good job because of lack of resources, it's the state's responsibility to find those resources."
Morrell is asking the Board of Regents to turn this information over to the state legislature by September 15.