The new wave of attention being paid to sexual assault on college campuses reached Westchester this week.
Wednesday Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul visited The College of New Rochelle to talk about a campaign to address assault on campus and Thursday U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey announced a $150,000 federal grant to develop prevention programs.
The $150,114 grant from the National Institutes of Health will go to National Health Promotion Associates in White Plains to develop and test a program to prevent sexual assault by training incoming college students. The effectiveness of the program will be tested in a large-scale national study.
“I’m pleased that National Health Promotion Associates will receive this funding so we can verifiably know which strategies are most effective at preventing these violent and criminal acts,” Lowey said in a statement.
With her appearance, Hochul was promoting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign. Cuomo is advocating legislation to expand a state university policy on sexual assault to all colleges statewide, including training requirements and rules on affirmative consent.
“Students need to know that an assault can happen to anyone, that there are support options in place within the community and law enforcement, and that their college will protect them,” Hochul said in a statement.
Photo: Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle, Lt. Governor Kathleen Hochul, and Claudia Benitez, Student Government Association president. Hochul spoke with students at a round table talk at The College of New Rochelle about the Governor’s Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assaults on campus. Photo courtesy of The College of New Rochelle.