According to “Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct,” approximately 90% of those who are sexually assaulted on college campuses never reveal the crime. Specifically, this study also revealed that almost 28% of female undergraduate students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported being victimized. These shocking results have encouraged the development of policies at many colleges in an attempt to reduce sexual violence on campus, and now, a sexual assault amnesty bill has been passed .
Studies have shown that over 50% of sexual assault crimes involve alcohol. Accordingly, the aim of this bill is to provide those who were assaulted with a safer and more understanding environment on campus, a place in which citations for underage drinking would not follow the reporting of an assault. Essentially, the victims of sexual violence, along with those who helped the victim, will be excused of all penalties, in the hopes that more people will come forth about an assault without the added fear of potential fines or negative repercussions.