Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Speaks Out on Campus Sexual Assault

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA) will be supporting HB 1343 (Delegate Filler-Corn). The proposal requires that all sexual assaults are reported to a public law enforcement entity.

The victims of sexual assault on our college campuses should know that crimes they report will receive no less scrutiny than crimes reported by citizens in the community as a whole. There should be no question in the minds of students everywhere that reports of sexual assault will be given due consideration and receive all law enforcement resources that are available to all citizens.

“The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association was proud to support similar legislation in 2011 by then Delegate Paula Miller and Delegate Filler-Corn’s HB 701 in 2012, and we now fully support Delegate Filler-Corn’s bill, HB 1343, filed on Monday,” said VSA Executive Director John W. Jones, representing the sheriffs.

Lunenburg County Sheriff Arthur Townsend, President of the VSA added, “This bill has the full support of the sheriffs from across the Commonwealth, and we plan to make every effort to secure its passage.”

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