Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo and the legislative leaders reached agreement on the “Enough is Enough” legislation that is intended to address the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The state will provide $10 million for the initiative – $4.5 million for the State Police, $4.5 million for rape crisis centers that serve students, and $1 million for colleges and universities.
The legislation, which follows the State University of New York’s adoption of a similar policy last year, defines affirmative consent “as a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.” It will establish a statewide amnesty policy to encourage students to report incidents of sexual assault by granting them immunity from certain campus policy violations, such as drug and alcohol use.
In addition, first responders will be required to notify survivors of assault rape of their right to contact outside law enforcement, and the bill will establish new training standards for students and staff. Campuses will have to improve their reporting of sexual assaults, and State Police will create a new unit specialized in sexual assaults on campuses.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“As the Governor, and as a father, I am proud that with this legislation New York will become a national leader in the fight against sexual assault on college campuses. This action is a major step forward to protect students from an issue that has been plaguing schools nationwide for far too long. Once again, New York is setting the standard for other states to follow, and I look forward to signing this legislation into law as soon as possible.”