BUFFALO – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will host a round table meeting at University at Buffalo Monday with students and officials from University at Buffalo 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.
Last week Gillibrand reintroduced a strengthened version of her bipartisan bill The Campus Accountability and Safety Act. The legislation would flip the current incentives of a broken system to provide real accountability and transparency from higher education institutions. It would also professionalize the response to and reporting of sexual assaults that occur on campuses to better protect and empower survivors of campus sexual violence.
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.