Just in time for students to be heading to college campuses across the state, the New York State Police are reminding students of the dangers of sexual assault by launching a campaign in an effort to reduce the number of sexual assaults and to educate students about their rights.
“New York State put into place the most aggressive laws in the nation to combat sexual assault on college campuses,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “This campaign builds upon our efforts and will help ensure students know their rights, and that they have the opportunity to earn a degree in a safe environment.”
The campaign, “Enough is Enough,” was signed into law last year as a way to help reduce the number of sexual assaults; to make sure the crimes are reported, and to protect and educate students about the potential for sexual assault.
Under the program, a special unit of state police has been assembled to present prevention education programs, which includes orientation for college students, faculty and support staff, and training for campus officials.
The unit will also investigate campus sexual crimes that are reported to the state police, and provide investigative support as requested by campus and local law enforcement agencies.
Since the unit became operational last fall, it has investigated or assisted in more than 20 campus sexual assault cases.
Several major components of the law include a student bill of rights which informs students of their rights when they report a sexual assault; an amnesty policy for students who have used drugs or alcohol when the attack occurred which might prevent them from reporting the attack, and reporting requirements for colleges.
If a student is assaulted, the State Police have also established a statewide hotline for victims to request assistance: 844-845-7269.
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