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'Enough is Enough': Fight against campus sex assaults

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In response to the high number of sexual assaults on college and university campuses, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched theEnough is Enough campaign.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says it includes the Governor's proposed legislation to create a new law for all campuses.

Those are some of the student voices appearing throughout the Enough is Enough video. Governor Cuomo wants a uniform sexual assault policy on all college campuses.  Cuomo wants New York to be the first state do implement this law.

"New York State now has more schools being investigated for sexual assault then any state in the nation," said Cuomo in a past speech, included in this video. http://youtu.be/kKHlppZY5c8

The video features both female mayors from Rochester and Albany and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. After a major federal probe of nationwide-campus assaults broke last year, all 64-SUNY campuses adopted the 'Enough is Enough' sexual assault prevention policy.  It's the first of its kind.  But the state said there are still thousand of students who are un protected.  Cuomo said campus assaults must 'treated as a crime'.

"Treat it as the crime that it is," stated Cuomo.

As part of the 'Enough is Enough' campaign, Lt.  Governor Kathy Hochul will heading on a statewide tour traveling to college campuses. Hochul will meet with students, faculty and administration.

"It's time to make all New York State college campuses safe," said Hochul in the video. 

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico also appears in the video announcing a dedicated hotline to respond to sex assaults on campuses. It will provide specially-trained members on call 24-hours a day to respond across the state.  The hotline, 1-844-845-7269, went live Wednesday morning.

State Police are expected to develop response protocols and training courses over the next several week and those will be shared with campus partners.

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