Missouri bill on college rape stalls in Senate

Missouri bill on college rape stalls in Senate
A proposal to change how Missouri colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment has hit a roadblock in the state Senate (Source: NBC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal to change how Missouri colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment has hit a roadblock in the state Senate.

A roughly six-hour debate on the bill that stretched from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning ended without any action.

Backers say it's meant to protect the rights of students accused of sexual assault. But it's received considerable pushback from both colleges and victim advocates, who caution that it could dissuade victims from coming forward.

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