Rep. Susan Davis Leads Effort for Stanford Rape Survivor Letter to be part of Sexual Assault Education
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is leading an effort in Congress to use the Stanford rape survivor letter to combat campus sexual assault. In a letter to the heads of the California State University and University of California systems, members of the California congressional delegation urged that the letter be added to consent education curriculums.
“It’s important that all university students hear the words of this young woman who has powerfully articulated the emotions and thoughts surrounding the attack on her,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “As universities in California implement programs to raise awareness and put and end to campus sexual assault, this letter would perfectly complement those efforts.”
The letter gained national recognition for how it expressed the feelings rape survivors experience as a result of an attack. The letter’s prominence was heightened by the lenient six-month sentence her attacker received from the judge despite her words.
Recently, Davis joined a bipartisan group of House members in reading sections of the letter on the House floor.
Davis has introduced legislation to establish an independent advocate on campus for sexual assault survivors. The office would provide assistance to survivors, such as reporting incidents to law enforcement, getting medical care, and obtaining legal assistance. It would also raise awareness of its services and prevention. Both CSU and UC have created such an office on all of their campuses.