AG Herring to lead task force to combat sexual violence at Virginia colleges

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by Carl Leimer, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:49 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 6:11 AM

11:15 a.m. UPDATE:  In making the announcement, Attorney General Mark Herring said, "Virginia can be national leader on dealing with sexual violence on college campuses."
Herring will head up the new task force, says "Sexual violence on college campuses is never acceptable."
Gov. McAuliffe signed the executive order creating it today; says "Sexual violence on college campuses is never acceptable."  Read the Joint Declaration
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RICHMOND -- Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring are forming a task force to combat sexual violence at Virginia colleges.

According to news reports, there will be up to 30 members to include top state officials and representatives from higher education and law enforcement. It will provide a final report to Governor McAuliffe by no later than June 1, 2015 and will make recommendations on an on-going basis.

The announcement comes as the federal government is currently looking at campuses across the country to see whether their handling of sexual violence complies with federal laws.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. All colleges, universities and K-12 schools receiving federal funds must comply with Title IX.

Four Virginia schools are being investigated including The College of William and Mary, The University of Virginia, James Madison University and the University of Richmond.

The task force announcement will be made at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol. 

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