HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a bill that protects victims of sexual assault against the possibility of having to attend school with their attackers. The bill’s sponsor, Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin introduced the measure in response to a situation in a school district in which a young woman was raped by a fellow classmate. Schools would be required to remove any student convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault against another student enrolled at the same school. The district would be required to expel, transfer or reassign the offender to another school or educational program. It mandates that school districts must ensure the offender is not educated in the same building, transported on the same school vehicle or allowed to participate in the same school-sponsored activities as the victim. The bill goes to the state House.

SEN. SCOTT MARTIN