Senator: Sexual Assault a ‘Problem on Every College Campus'

Gillibrand said every college president should want tools to get rapists off campus, since the full legal process could take 2-3 years.

“What statistics and experts do tell us is rape is not a date gone badly, it’s not a he-said she-said confusion, too much drinking, it’s typically a predator who premeditates his crime, targets his victim in advance and will commit that crime on average six times during his college career,” she said. “So if you have a rapist and you are a college administrator, you need to get them off your campus.”

She predicted that the sexual assault legislation would likely be part of a full education bill passed by Congress this year.

“This will be a very large component of it so I’m very optimistic that we will have certainly more than half the Senate on it by the time it’s introduced in the committee,” she said.

Following the event, PJ Media asked McCaskill, a member of the Armed Services Committee as well as the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, about Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) efforts to block the Patriot Act renewal.

Paul objected to the National Security Agency’s collection of cell phone data in bulk.

“No, we are stopping the bulk – he’s actually blocking the stopping of the government collecting that data,” McCaskill said. “What he’s doing is counterproductive to reforming the program, so I do not agree with him. I agree with the Republicans – I don’t always says this – but the Republicans who are wanting to reform the program are the ones that most of us agree with.”