House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has signed on to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses.
Last fall, SUNY adopted a sexual assault policy that requires both parties to give affirmative consent before engaging in sexual activity, as well as increased training for police and immunity for victims who report assault. Cuomo’s campaign looks to extend that policy to all colleges in New York State, not just public schools.
“This idea of violence against women is something that needs to be put to rest wherever it occurs, no matter what the orientation is of a woman and that is why today is so special,” Pelosi said Monday, speaking at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “The Department of Justice says that 1 in 5 women is sexual assaulted while in college. One in five women, 40 percent of college sexual assault survivors fear reprisal by the perpetrator. That is unacceptable; enough is enough.”
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During the announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said campus sexual assault is a “police problem,” not an administrative problem fit to be handled by school administrators.