Seminar held to combat sexual assault on college campuses

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Shining a light on sexual assault on college campuses was the focus of a week-long seminar at the New York State Police Academy.

There was a big turnout there from law enforcement, New York campuses and victim advocates.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also spoke at the event. They discussed a variety of topics including ways to help victims, how to prosecute cases, and how to encourage and promote a safe environment on college campuses.

“You wouldn’t believe the power a bystander has or as I heard one campus say, upstanders,” Hochul said at the event. “Not standing on the sidelines, but are you engaged? Are you keeping an eye on your friends when you go out at night? Going upstairs and knocking on the door and saying ‘Are you okay?’ I want kids to know that this is okay, that you should be doing this.”

Participants also discussed coping with the trauma that so often follows sexual assault and identifying domestic violence.

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