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Colleges Would Face New Penalties Under Sexual-Assault Bill

Colleges would be required to provide confidential advisers for sexual-assault victims and face new penalties for failing to comply with existing laws under a bill introduced today by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

The proposal, designed to encourage victims to use support services without compelling them to report their cases to schools or law enforcement, was unveiled at a news conference with senators including Democrats Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Republicans Dean Heller of Nevada and Marco Rubio of Florida.