Gov. Kate Brown ceremonially signed a bill into law Wednesday that gives victims of sexual assault on college campuses more privacy.
House Bill 3476 provides stronger confidentiality protections for victims of sexual assault on college campuses. It ensures the privacy of conversations between victims and their advocates, and empowers victims to decide if their stories go public.
The bill became a law earlier this month without a public ceremony.
Oregon now has some of the strongest privacy protections for victims of sexual assault in the nation, according to the Oregon Department of Justice.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined Brown for the ceremonial signing.
“Victims of sexual assault in Oregon should be guaranteed safe and confidential options for counseling and to begin the healing process,” said Rosenblum in a statement.
The bill comes after University of Oregon administrators attempted to access a student’s counseling records related to a sexual assault on campus.
“There is an epidemic of sexual violence on our college campuses that must be addressed,” she said.
During the ceremony, Rosenblum also advocated for two additional bills that support crime victims. Senate Bill 188 would criminalize “revenge porn” — when someone publishes intimate images without consent from all parties involved.
Meanwhile, Senate Bill 525 would prohibit “domestic violence offenders who have a restraining order or who have been convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes involving domestic violence” from possessing guns.