Sexual Assault Policy During The United States

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Sexual assault policy in the United States as it stands is clearly inadequate for protecting the physical wellbeing of men and women from sexual assault. Layering of policy serves a s a Band-Aid on a social wound much too large to be contained and the rise of sexual assault as a public problem reiterates the need for greater legislation and policy to protect everyone from becoming prey to the crime of sexual assault. While eyes focus on the (disproven) rise of violence in the United States, and turn to gun control, other violent crimes are forgotten. Sexual Assault has seen several cases of policy failure that actors have tried to salvage through the act of policy layering and have not significantly resolved the problem. This paper will discuss sexual assault policy from 1972 to 2013. Sexual assault has been addressed in six pieces of legislature. Two of the six policies are layered policies intended to amend failures in preceding policy. Current sexual assault policy exists in the form of Title IX of 1972, the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990, the Campus SaVE Act of 2013, and the SAFER Act of 2013. Of the six, the Campus SaVE Act and SAFER Act were both created to amend earlier policy – the timeline of this amendment reflects several key actions by President Barack Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden. This will be further expand on later in this paper. Agenda setting is a critical part of developing public policy. The most important component
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