New York State United Teachers today threw the union’s full support behind legislation introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, that is aimed at stopping sexual assaults on college campuses.
NYSUT said Gillibrand’s Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which already has bipartisan support, contains smart, common sense measures aimed at protecting women from attacks while on campus. Union leaders are urging NYSUT members to contact their elected representatives in Congress and ask them to get behind Gillibrand’s bill.
NYSUT said: “One sexual assault against a women is one too many. Stopping sexual assault on campus requires hard work by many stakeholders. It won’t happen overnight. Still, we must start by providing confidential advisors for victims; requiring minimum training standards for campus personnel; demanding more transparency and instituting a clear process for involving law enforcement when an assault is reported. These are practical solutions, and we salute Sen. Gillibrand and thank her for taking strong steps to protect women on campus.”