Proposed legislation would force expulsion in student sexual assault cases

Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) – A state senator from Lancaster County plans to introduce legislation that would mandate the expulsion of any student who is convicted of sexual assault against a student in the same district, at the victim’s request. 

Sen. Scott Martin (R-13) said the legislation is in response to a stituation in one of the districts he represents. In that case, a student was convicted of raping a classmate. After he served his sentence he returned to school, forcing the victim to attend school with her attacker on a daily basis. 

“No victim should have to face the choice between either attending school with their attacker, or transferring to a different school district in order to avoid contact,” Martin said in a news release. “Survivors of sexual assault often rely on their friends at school as a source of support when they are recovering from an assault. It is completely unfair for them to face the prospect of having to change schools and lose that critical source of support just to avoid attending school with the person who sexually victimized them.”

  

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