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Governor Signs Into Law Bill By Santa Barbara Legislator To Help College Sexual Assault Survivors

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The governor has signed into law a bill from a Santa Barbara legislator focused on helping college students who are sexual assault survivors.

SB 493 requires state funded colleges and universities to adopt procedures to insure survivors can be heard in a safe way, without intimidation. 

The colleges will have to provide students with information on their rights, and how to report incidents.  And, it bans schools from holding courtroom-style direct cross examination of survivors.

The legislation was authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, who has sponsored a number of bills intended to help deal with sexual violence on school campuses.