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Monday, March 2, 2015

Kirsten Gillibrand
BUFFALO — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will host a roundtable meeting this morning at University at Buffalo with students and officials from UB and other Western New York area colleges, as well as survivors, advocates, and law enforcement to discuss bolstering efforts to combat sexual violence on college campuses.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, college campuses in New York reported 388 forcible sex offenses and over 5,000 offenses nationwide in 2013.

Last week, Gillibrand reintroduced a strengthened version of her bipartisan bill The Campus Accountability and Safety Act after receiving input from survivors, students, colleges and universities, law enforcement, and advocates. Gillibrand’s legislation would flip the current incentives of a broken system to provide real accountability and transparency from higher education institutions. The legislation would professionalize the response to and reporting of sexual assaults that occur on campuses to better protect and empower survivors of campus sexual violence.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has also made it a priority to push for the passage of the Governor’s legislation combatting sexual assault on college campuses. Hochul is on a statewide tour to bring the “Enough is Enough” campaign to college campuses, 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 campaign also includes a website,, and a video featuring students, advocates and elected officials supporting the Governor’s policy to address sexual assault on college campuses.

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