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Bill Would Require Va. Colleges to Report Sex Assaults

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Campus police would be required to report sexual assaults to their local prosecutors within 48 hours after an investigation begins under a proposal Virginia lawmakers will consider this year.

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat from Springfield, is sponsoring the measure. She said Tuesday at a news conference that victim advocates, several prosecutors and the Virginia Sheriffs Association support the bill.

The bill's backers say getting prosecutors involved early on would allow victims to get connected with witness programs and possibly help more victims proceed with prosecutions. The proposal follows increased scrutiny over the way colleges handle sexual assaults.

The bill would only apply to sexual assaults on property owned or controlled by colleges. That means sexual assaults at nearby apartments and privately owned fraternity houses would be excluded.

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