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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2006

Schumer Announces Nearly $200,000 For SUNY Purchase To Help Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women On Campus

Research Foundation Of SUNY Will Use The Federal Funds To Coordinate With Office On Violence Against Women To Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women On Campus

Senator Schumer: Firmly Believes In The Need To Fund Programs That Will Help Guarantee The Safety Of Women On College Campuses

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $189,935 has been awarded to the Research Foundation of SUNY, by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women under the Grants to Reduce Violence Against Women Act of 2000. The federal funds will be used to establish a series of education models and awareness programs to combat sexual assault and violence against women at SUNY Purchase.

“It essential to guarantee the security of women living on college campuses,” said Schumer. “Sexual assault and violence against women on campuses are very serious crimes that have lasting physical and emotional effects on the individual. Through the creation of educational programs, updated policies, and the expansion of on-campus security resources, this funding will ensure that victims’ issues and concerns are properly addressed so they can receive the assistance they need.”

SUNY Purchase will use funds to improve victim services on campus. The project will use continuation funds to change residential culture, expand Speak Out! Programs, and enhance training for counselors and judicial board members in order to prevent and respond to violent sexual crimes on campus.

Authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000, which, due to Senator Schumer’s support includes a distinct provision dedicated to dating and campus violence, and administered by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the new statewide sexual assault coalitions provide support to member rape crisis centers through funding, training and technical assistance, and public awareness. The primary goals are to: increase campus awareness with a stronger emphasis on relationship abuse, stalking, and online victimization; review and update campus-wide policies, protocols, and activities to prevent abuse; conduct in house trainings on relationship abuse, stalking, and online victimization; create new modules on relationship abuse, stalking and online victimization; facilitate cross-training sessions; and create a continuum of coordinated campus and community services for victims of sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking against women. The Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus supports state coalition efforts to coordinate victim services throughout college campuses as well as collaborate with other federal, state, and local entities to respond to violence against women on college campuses.

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