Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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A bipartisan group of eight senators has introduced legislation that takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses.

Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, who recently commissioned a survey of 440 colleges about campus sexual assaults, was among the lawmakers to present the Campus Safety and Accountability Act.

The legislation will protect and empower students, and strengthen transparency for institutions. It also establishes stiff penalties for non-compliance with training, data and best practices outlined by the legislation.

One in five women is sexually assaulted during college, according to the new White House report "Not Alone.” The report tackles the issue of campus sexual assaults, and it gives guidelines for universities to implement to avoid such attacks. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, one of Missouri's senators is devoting a lot of attention to this problem.