Gillibrand, McCaskill call for more federal funding to help combat sexual assaults on college campuses

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U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill are teaming up to lead an effort calling for more federal resources to enforce sexual assault laws on college campuses.

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and McCaskill, D-Mo., co-authored a letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education requesting more funding for agencies and programs dedicated to investigating sexual assaults on college and university campuses.

"When our young people go on to higher education, it should be an opportunity to learn, grow, pursue their dreams and prepare for their future careers," Gillibrand said in a statement Friday. "But the price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 change of being sexually assaulted.

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