Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 55 organizations from across the state, including statewide and local nonprofits, advocacy organizations and labor groups, are joining the Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Many of these organizations represent countless victims of sexual violence, and today they are adding their voices to the growing coalition of supporters of the Governor’s proposal to codify uniform sexual assault prevention and response protocols for all colleges and universities – public and private – in New York. The adoption of this proposal will make New York a leader in the fight against on-campus sexual violence and will better protect the State's 1.2 million college students.
“New York is taking a stand by proposing the strongest measures in the nation to combat sexual assault on college campuses,” Governor Cuomo said. “This wide-ranging group of local and statewide organizations is joining our call to action to fight this growing epidemic. Together, we are saying enough is enough – it's time for New York to lead the charge to end this scourge on our colleges now.”
The following 55 organizations have joined the Enough is Enough campaign:
- Alternatives for Battered Women
- A Better Balance
- Bivona Child Advocacy Center
- CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.
- Center for the Women of NY
- Center for Youth Services
- The Continental Society, Inc. - New York Chapter
- Crime Victims Assistance Center
- Crisis Services
- Dutchess County Central Labor Council
- East End Women's Network
- Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee
- Erie County Commission on the Status of Women
- Family Planning Advocates of New York
- Family Services, Inc.
- Grace Smith House
- Hispanic Counseling Center
- Hispanic Resource Center
- Jack and Jill of America - Brooklyn Chapter
- Long Island Fund for Women and Girls
- Mental Health Association of Dutchess County
- Metropolitan Community Churches
- NARAL Pro-Choice New York
- National Susan B. Anthony House and Museum
- A New Hope Center
- New York Asian Woman's Center
- New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
- New York State Nurses Anesthetists
- NYS Nurses Association
- NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc
- NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Rape Crisis Center of Syracuse, Inc.
- Rochester Women's Network
- Sanctuary for Families
- The Safe Center
- Safe Horizon
- Spanish Action League
- Southwest Community Center
- St. Luke's-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center
- Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- United Way of Greater Rochester
- UNITEHERE! Local 150
- Vera House, Inc.
- Violence Intervention Program
- VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center
- WNY Women's Foundation
- Women's TAP Fund
- Women Warriors
- YMCA of Orange County
- YWCA of the Mohawk Valley
- YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
- YWCA Binghamton
- YWCA of Cortland
- 100 Hispanic Women
The support of these organizations comes one day after student advocates from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University and Syracuse University travelled to Albany to meet with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and lobby legislators to support the Governor’s proposal.
It also builds on the recent support received from the following:
- 18 members of New York’s Congressional Delegation;
- More than 100 elected officials from across the State;
- More than 40 city mayors;
- 17 of 18 county executives;
- Whoopi Goldberg.
The “Enough is Enough” campaign includes a new State Police hotline – 1-844-845-7269 – dedicated to reporting sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Specially-trained members of the State Police will be on-call 24 hours a day to respond to sexual assault calls throughout the State. The campaign also has a video featuring students, advocates and elected officials supporting the Governor’s policy to address sexual assault on college campuses. The video can be viewed here.
To promote the campaign and the importance of passing the Governor’s proposal, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has embarked on a statewide tour to bring Enough is Enough to college campuses across the State. She is meeting with members of the student body, faculty and administration as well as service providers and advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault.
The Governor’s on-campus sexual assault prevention proposal includes the following components:
- A statewide definition of affirmative consent, defining consent as a clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity;
- A statewide amnesty policy, to ensure that students reporting incidents of sexual assault or other sexual violence are granted immunity for certain campus policy violations, such as drug and alcohol use;
- A Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights, which campuses will be required to distribute to all students in order to specifically inform sexual violence victims of their legal rights and how they may access appropriate resources. The Bill of Rights clearly states that students are given the right to know they can report sexual assaults to outside law enforcement, including the State Police;
- Comprehensive training requirements for administrators, staff, and students, including at new student orientations.
Members of the public wishing to state their support for Governor Cuomo's proposal can do so at www.ny.gov/EnoughisEnough. They can also join the conversation online using #EnoughisEnough.
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