ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — After taking on sexual assault cases in the military, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is launching a new effort to fight sexual assaults on college campuses.
Gillibrand and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released a joint bipartisan letter Friday to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, asking for money to investigate and enforce sexual assault laws at colleges and universities.
Speaking at Columbia University on Monday, Gillibrand pointed to a combination of under-funding and poor staff training at schools across the country and has asked for $100 million in federal funding to boost enforcement of current laws, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
“This is criminal behavior and the fact that our colleges and universities are not protecting their students is equally as egregious,” said the senator. “People who are trained in sexual assault understand how to do these investigations and can begin to show a measure of accountability.”