- The Washington Times - Monday, June 8, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with Lady Gaga in an op-ed pledging support for his “Enough is Enough” bill, which would create a uniform sexual assault policy at all of the state’s public and private universities.

“Every fall, young men and women head off to colleges across the country, dreaming of bright futures and the experience of a lifetime,” they wrote for Billboard magazine. “Unfortunately, for thousands of these students that dream turns into a nightmare because of the unacceptable epidemic of sexual violence that is currently plaguing colleges and universities. It is a shocking reality that many in academia, government, and society in general still refuse to acknowledge.

“The bill currently before the New York State legislature will address the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, giving the state the nation’s strongest laws to target campus sexual assault. This is a campaign that will protect students, and it’s exactly what we need,” wrote Mr. Cuomo and Lady Gaga, who revealed in December that she is a survivor of sexual assault.

“The likelihood that college students are not getting the assistance and support they deserve is heartbreaking, and the knowledge that sexual predators are left free to attack again is criminal. This bill will tackle this crisis head-on, because the status quo needs to change,” they continued.

The op-ed went on to explain that the governor successfully pressured the state’s public university system last year to adopt a first-of-its-kind sexual assault prevention policy, but that it doesn’t apply to private institutions.

“[W]ithout changing New York’s laws, private colleges don’t have to live up to the same standard. That’s why the state legislature must pass the proposed bill. Without it, students at private institutions are more likely to be left at risk,” Mr. Cuomo and Lady Gaga argued.

“By passing legislation such as the bill currently before the New York State legislature, we can turn the tide on this issue so that students can realize their dreams on campuses that are safe spaces. That’s why we are joining together to take a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. Quite simply, enough is enough,” they concluded.

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