Rhode Island introduces new task force on sexual assaults

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new statewide task force is being introduced Monday in Rhode Island with the goal of improving the tracking of sexual assault cases.

Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to join advocates for victims of sexual violence, representatives of local colleges and law enforcement officials to announce the independent task force.

The Providence Journal reports the state currently does not have a centralized way to consistently track sexual assault data.

The task force aims to improve treatment of victims by speeding up the response rate for those in need of services and establish protocols for the investigation of sexual assault cases.

Brown University is among the schools participating in the task force. Several hundred students held a protest there earlier this month over the handling of a sex assault case.

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