Thank you Assemblyman Ed Braunstein.
For some time, a dirty little secret not touted on the glossy college recruiting brochures is the danger and criminal acts of violence against our young women on and around our college campuses.
The horror of the girls and parents who sacrifice economic security to give them the opportunity to grow their future turns into tragedy. Reports in recent weeks tell us that one of five girls experiences some time of sex or rape.
Long hidden, these statistics have been allowed to exist and grow due to the failure of college authorities to take responsibility for the safety and security of their students.
When the girls do report the incidents, the colleges don’t want the bad publicity and often hide the facts. Unfortunately, the attitude of “boys will boys” still exists.
We thank Assemblyman Edward Braunstein for his sensitivity to the plight of these young women who deserve to get their education and enjoy the benefits of their college experience free from fear of violence and years of physiological damage.
Colleges must not be allowed to abdicate their responsibility and hide this ugly fact on their campus. New legislation will help prevent the hiding of statistics, but the college administration must take action and develop programs to control this behavior.
Thank you Ed for taking the first step!
Ann J. Jawin
Founder and Chair
Center for the Women of New York