Week-long seminar being held shining light on sexual assaults on college campuses

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Shining a light on sexual assault on college campuses is the focus of a weeklong seminar at the New York State Police Academy.

A big turnout expected from law enforcement, New York campuses and victim advocates.

They will discuss ways to help victims, prosecute cases and how to notice the signs of domestic violence.

It’s a major issue across the country, with a focus here in New York since the signing of the enough is enough bill last July.

Research shows why this is so important:

There were nearly 5,000 forcible sex offenses in 2012 alone reported by colleges.

More than 90 percent of college rapes are committed by 3 percent of college men.

80-90 percent of those cases, the victim knows their assailant.

But fewer than 5 percent of college campus rapes are actually reported to police.

That is the drive to raise awareness and the methods of reporting to help stop this problem.

There is a 24-hour hotline you can call anytime with an issue or concern 845-7269.

And always in an emergency just call 911.

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