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Bill By Santa Barbara Legislator Intended To Help Stop College Sexual Assaults Passes State Assembly

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A bill by a South Coast legislator intended to help college students deal with sexual violence and harassment has advanced in the State Legislature.

SB 493 would require schools to give students information on their rights, and how to report incidents.  It would prohibit schools investigating incidents from allowing alleged assailants or their attorneys to cross-examine survivors like they would in a courtroom.

The legislation would also require training for school officials.

Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara sponsored the bill.  The State Assembly passed the bill over the weekend, and it now goes back to the State Senate for final consideration.