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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Niagara County Sheriff
Jim Voutour
ALBANY — Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour is one of 28 sheriffs from across New York State today to publicly support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "Enough is Enough" campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

“As law enforcement officials, we are often the entity to whom victims reach out to for help," said Voutour, who is also president of the New York State Sheriff's Association. "It is critical students on campuses across the state know that they share that right and have the power to choose how and where they report incidents of sexual assault, including every level of law enforcement in the state. We are proud to join the Governor’s Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses as we continue our efforts to make students and all New Yorkers safer, no matter where they are.”

In addition to the 28 sheriff's, the Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, Inc., and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents all 400 police departments in the state, have joined the cause. 

The Governor’s proposal would codify uniform sexual assault prevention and response protocols for all colleges and universities in New York.

“The addition of these public safety officials to our effort to make New York a leader in the fight against on-campus sexual violence will help ensure our higher education institutions are safe havens for learning,” Gov. Cuomo said. “As the broad-based coalition supporting Enough is Enough continues to grow, we are sending a message that these crimes will not be tolerated and now is the time to get this policy passed into law.”

The support of these public safety officials follows the support of more than 50 statewide and local organizations, student advocates from five private colleges, 18 members of New York’s Congressional Delegation, more than 100 elected officials from across the state, more than 40 city mayors — including Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster— 17 of 18 county executives, and Whoopi Goldberg.

The “Enough is Enough” campaign includes a new State Police hotline – 1-844-845-7269 – dedicated to reporting sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Specially-trained members of the State Police will be on-call 24 hours a day to respond to sexual assault calls throughout the State. The campaign also has a video featuring students, advocates and elected officials supporting the Governor’s policy to address sexual assault on college campuses.

Members of the public wishing to state their support for Governor Cuomo's proposal can do so at They can also join the conversation online using #EnoughisEnough.


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