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Tyler Clementi Anti-Harassment Act Proposed

The family of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide in September, has granted Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) permission to use Clementi’s name on a piece of proposed federal legislation. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act would require that federally funded schools instate policies to prohibit the harassment of any student. Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign stated, “Our schools and our nation cannot sit back and wait for the next tragedy. Tools and resources are available to protect our children and it is adults who must act to put strong laws, policies and procedures in place.” In September, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge after his roommate live-streamed Clementi’s sexual encounter with another man.

Sources:

Feminist Daily Newswire 10/14/10; Human Rights Campaign Statement 9/30/10; CNN 11/19/10

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