Deluged by discrimination complaints against U.S. colleges, the Education Department is taking years to resolve cases involving alleged sexual assault at Harvard Law School and Princeton University, and lawmakers are questioning the agency’s ability to enforce its own rules.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill, who led sweeping changes in how the U.S. military handles rape cases, now want to increase the number of prosecutions for sexual assault on college campuses.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will keep pressuring President Barack Obama to support her proposal to curb sexual assault in the military by taking away commanders’ ability to prosecute such cases.
The U.S. military is facing a “crisis” over cases of sexual assault, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said as she pushed her plan to remove sex-assault cases from the chain of command and turn them over to independent military prosecutors.
Female senators backing a bill to remove sex-assault cases from the U.S. military chain of command say they may limit their proposal to just rape and sex crimes to win support before a showdown vote as early as this week.
A Senate subcommittee approved removing the power of commanding officers in the U.S. military to decide on prosecution of major crimes such as sexual assaults, even as some lawmakers vowed to reverse the action.
Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat preparing legislation to push colleges to go further in dealing with sexual assaults, said higher fines may be in order for schools that violate federal rules.