In a matter of weeks, tens of thousands of students will be arriving on local college campuses to begin a new school year. When they do, they’ll get an education about safety and sexual assault.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 37 percent of women rape victims say they were first attacked between the ages of 18 and 24.
In Rochester, local campuses are doing something about it.
Radio, social media, and billboard messages will run for eight weeks in New York State, including here in Rochester. The message: educate yourself about sexual assault on college campuses.
The Director of Equal Opportunity at the University of Rochester, Morgan Levy, says they plan on taking advantage of any help they can get on raising awareness.
“Any of the resources that are coming from the state, we’re going to take advantage of,” Levy said.
Levy says UR already benefited from the larger picture of the campaign – legislation passed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year called “Enough Is Enough.”
“In the past, all of the colleges and universities within New York State had different methods for responding and preventing sexual assault,” said Levy. “And this really did provide a road map for all of us, for what are the expectations for training, who should we train, what topics should we train them on?”
Levy says there is a state police officer assigned to college campuses in each city per Cuomo’s legislation, and it has help them immensely.
“They talked about training resources quite a bit, so they have a fund of money we can tap into if we wanted to bring an actual speaker to come to campus to help talk with our students about sexual misconduct and sexual assault,” said Levy.
The billboards and radio ads are part of an awareness campaign by the New York State Police. To listen to the radio campaign, click here.
Learn more about the Enough Is Enough program here.