SUNY schools step up efforts to stop sex assault

SUNY schools on Long Island are raising awareness about sexual assault after coming under fire for how they have been addressing it on campus.



Students at SUNY Old Westbury held an event Monday to raise awareness about sexual assault. It coincides with a new national campaign announced by President Barack Obama last week called "It's On Us." The campaign asks all students to take an online pledge to end sexual violence.



Many students who spoke with News 12 Long Island say many sexual assault cases go unreported.



"I think a lot of young women just don't say anything they're afraid to or they don't think they'll be taken seriously," says senior Erika Jaonary.



The U.S. Department of Education has criticized SUNY schools for how they address and prevent cases of sexual violence on campuses across New York. SUNY schools are now required to provide information about how many sexual assaults happen on campus and how the cases are resolved.



School officials at Old Westbury say they are making an effort to be pro-active.


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