Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

Chair Attorney General Mark Herring

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Governor Terry McAuliffe launched his task force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence on August 21, 2014, in a comprehensive effort to address sexual assault and violence on Virginia college campuses.

With the announcement of the task force, Governor McAuliffe and Chair Attorney General Herring signed a Joint Declaration with all of the Virginia Public Universities committing to mandatory training for students and faculty with an emphasis on the commitment to work with the Governor and the Attorney General as they utilize the task force to make recommendations for best practices.

The mission of the task force will be to help to address immediate and long-term issues surrounding sexual violence on Virginia college campuses.

The task force is chaired by Attorney General Herring and its members include campus administrators, advocates, campus and local law enforcement, forensic nurses, higher education attorneys, health professionals, cabinet secretaries, and others who will work to recommend best practices on prevention of and response to sexual violence.  The task force is charged with providing a final report to the Governor by no later than June 1, 2015.

Secretariats on the task force include:

Secretary of Education, Anne Holton

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran

Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. William A. Hazel Jr.