Today marks the one year anniversary of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). For the past 20 years, this critical legislation has helped to improve the safety and wellness of women by provisioning services and trainings, funding investigations and prosecutions, and appropriating grants for vital community-based programs.
In response to the groundswell of attention and activism around campus sexual assault, the 2013 VAWA reauthorization includes a set of Clery Act amendments commonly referred to as the Campus SaVE Act. Campus SaVE expands the scope of the Clery Act, creating new requirements in terms of crime reporting, response, and prevention education for rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
EverFi has recently launched a new resource on the Campus SaVE Act that shares information and best practices for higher education administrators and practitioners focused on campus sexual assault prevention. The website offers Campus SaVE Act FAQ’s, information on the White House Task Force, webinars, insight reports, and solution overviews. It also provides information on how many campuses are addressing federal compliance mandates like the Clery/Campus SaVE Act and Title IX through the implementation of Haven, EverFi’s sexual assault prevention course.
While the Campus SaVE Act goes into effect today, additional guidance will be offered by the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee throughout the year and campuses are required to show a good faith effort for compliance on their 2014 Annual Security Reports.
The Campus SaVE Act site aims to address all of your Campus SaVE-related questions and offers our support to higher education administrators as they refine sexual assault prevention programming on campus and work to reflect a good faith effort for compliance with these new Clery mandates.
We continue to be focused on continuing to spark change on campuses across the country to create healthier, safer communities.