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Vainieri Huttle: Time to say no to sexual assaults on college campuses

(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published Friday in The Record of Hackensack:

“Just look at the statistics: One in five women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime and 42 percent of female victims are sexually assaulted before the age of 25, making a woman’s college years critical.

“I applaud Ramapo College for undertaking a thorough review of their sexual assault policies under the leadership of former Attorney General Anne Milgram, and William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron for taking swift action upon learning of the serious assault alleged on her campus. But campus sexual assault is not the isolated concern of these two schools. It is a public safety, education and human-rights issue that affects every student, woman and man, in every institution of higher education in our state.

“New Jersey can and must do better in protecting students from becoming victims of sexual assault and from committing sexual crimes…”

To read the rest of the assemblywoman’s op-ed, click here.