Clinton Addresses Sexual Assault in Return to Iowa

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 7.34.45 PMOn Monday, Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa to speak at two college campuses. The first stop was a Women for Hillary event on the campus of University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where she outlined her plan to combat sexual assault. She focused her attention primarily to the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, but said that it can  occur anywhere including in the workplace, at home, and in communities. She said that often, the victim feels alone because of the bureaucratic processes involved in reporting incidents. This is especially true on college campuses. She said, “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.” Clinton vowed to approach the issue by:

  1. Making it easier for victims to access help
  2. Forcing campuses and the justice system to treat both the accused and victim fairly
  3. Increase awareness programs on college campuses and high schools

Following her speech in Cedar Rapids, she spoke with the press where she answered questions about her plan. Clinton then went to Decorah, where she spoke at an event on the campus of Luther College. Her message was similar to her speech in Cedar Rapids saying that more needed to be done to prevent sexual assault and victims deserved to be heard.

A video from Clinton’s speech at the University of Northern Iowa is below.

Clinton’s next scheduled event is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, then she returns to New Hampshire. For all the latest, follow our Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

News Source: The Des Moines Register, Vox