October is recognized in New York State and nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Schenectady, New York, the Union College men's hockey team is partnering with student leaders to combat domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy joined the leaders and athletes as they issued the challenge Tuesday afternoon at the Nott Memorial on the Union Campus.
New England's largest colleges reported about 40 percent more sexual assaults last year when compared to 2012, an increase experts attribute to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward.
New York Governor Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees to urge them to pass a system wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.
Colleges and universities could be held more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by New York's Kirsten Gillibrand.
"My office has heard from many survivors about campus sexual assaults in America. These young women have been demanding that Congress help stop the endless wave of campus sexual assaults, and I share their outrage." New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, charges America is going through an "epidemic of campus sexual assault."
In late January, President Obama announced the creation of a special task force to examine and, as necessary, coordinate federal enforcement efforts regarding rape and sexual assault on our nation’s campuses. This White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault will provide leadership for colleges and universities as they work on developing more transparent and more effective campus procedures to decrease and/or investigate incidents of sexual assault.
Anti-violence advocates in western Massachusetts are working to help women escape from their abusers and to escape poverty.
The focus at rape crisis centers and emergency shelters for battered women has been on healing physical and emotional scars. Now more must be done to help mend economic wounds, according to Debra Robbin, Deputy Director of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.