Rep. Susan Davis Praises CSU Use of Stanford Rape Letter for Sexual Assault Prevention
In response to a request by Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego), the California State University agreed to include the Stanford rape survivor letter in its effort to prevent campus sexual assault. Davis led her California colleagues in a letter to the heads of the California State University and University of California systems urging that the letter be added to consent education curriculums.
In response, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White informed Davis that the letter was shared with all of their 23 campuses and “encouraged those who have not already done so to incorporate the survivor’s powerful statement in appropriate programming.”
“CSU is to be commended for ensuring this young woman’s voice regarding her experiences and emotions on the idea of consent continue to be heard,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “I don’t know of anyone who has so articulately described the human impact that a sexual assault can have on a person. I hope other universities will make her letter a part of their efforts in combatting sexual assault.”
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.