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New Law Requires Colleges Take Steps to Address Sex Assault

CHICAGO (AP) – A new state law will require Illinois colleges to take steps to prevent and respond to sexual assault.

The law requires colleges to provide a confidential adviser to sex assault victims. They also must notify victims of options available to ensure their safety, such as orders of protection or changing class schedules or campus housing.

Colleges also must adopt a fair process for adjudicating allegations of assault and train students and employees on preventing violence.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan pushed for the law, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed on Friday. It takes effect in August 2016.

Julie Dixon is a survivor of campus sexual assault. She says: β€œBeing sexually assaulted as a student can easily derail the rest of your collegiate career, but it does not have to.”

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