Governor Cuomo Announces Four-Point Plan to Reduce Sexual Violence in Educational Institutions as Part of 2021 Women’s Agenda
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a four-point plan to reduce sexual violence in educational institutions as part of the state’s 2021 Women’s Agenda. As part of this plan, the Governor has directed SUNY and the state’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence – a newly reimagined agency proposed by the Governor in his 2021 State of the State – to establish an innovative hub to develop enforceable policies, trainings and outreach programs to combat and end sexual violence on college campuses. SUNY’s Student Conduct Institute will also expand its existing resources and engagement to 1,000 institutions, and SUNY will make its Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course available to other colleges and universities across the nation, allowing them to benefit from New York’s leadership and program expertise on confronting sexual violence. Additionally, SUNY will launch a new social and digital campaign to raise awareness about the signs of sexual assault and intimate partner violence and connect students to support services. These new actions build on New York’s “Enough is Enough” legislation -the most aggressive policy in the nation to fight against sexual assault on college campuses – signed into law by the Governor in 2015.