Following the signing of the 2015 state law Enough Is Enough, which aims to combat sexual assault on college campuses, SUNY Police hosted a training Monday at SUNY Geneseo to better educate about the policy.
“The nuances of handling a sexual assault are different than the nuances of handling a burglary. A lot of the people in this room have received training, but the information is changing – it’s evolving at all times. And we all need to increase our education,” said State Police investigator Tom Gibbons, who travels the state talking to groups about what to do when a sexual assault compliant is made.
Part of that education, Gibbons says, includes debunking the myths.
“Unfortunately people still believe that sexual assaults are mostly made up -- that it's regret. It's just not true,” he said.
The Department of Education estimates that 19 percent of women and 6 percent of men on college campuses will be victims of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their undergraduate years. In 2015 alone, 9,200 sex offenses were reported on college campuses across the country.
“I think in terms of coming forward and speaking out, it's definitely easier for survivors when they have the opportunity and know the resources available to them,” said Miranda McKinney, who works as the sexual assault counselor at SUNY Geneseo.
Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide review to see if colleges and universities across the state were complying with Enough Is Enough policies. The preliminary report is due September 1.