Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Oct. 25 made the following statement in response to the controversy surrounding complaints filed by UConn students claiming the university failed to responsibly handle their reports of being sexually assaulted.
Legislators are now calling for public hearings on the complaints.
“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said.
“As a parent and someone whose wife spent years working with victims of sexual assault, my heart goes out to the women that came forward this week. One of the most basic responsibilities of our institutions of higher learning is to keep our young people safe. If they have failed in that responsibility in any way, or if any victim of sexual assault has been treated with anything but the utmost respect, I will be outraged.”
“I have spoken with President Herbst, and she has assured me that the university is taking these allegations very seriously. I expect the university to act quickly in cooperating with the U.S. Department of Education as they investigate the complaint.”
Senate minority leader John McKinney of Fairfield and House minority leader Lawrence Cafero of Norwalk have written to the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Higher Education committees requesting hearings on the complaints.
Posted October 25 2013 based on a press release as edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan
Related Links –
Law Targets Sexual Violence On College Campuses, http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/07/173657424/law-targets-sexual-violence-on-college-campuses
Legislators call for hearings on complaints about sexual assault at UConn http://mansfield.htnp.com/2013/10/24/legislators-call-for-hearings-on-complaints-about-sexual-assault-at-uconn/
Rape on Campus a Shocking Reality – NBC report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkzd8CLzv00
Several reports on rapes on campus http://www.publicintegrity.org/accountability/education/sexual-assault-campus
The Clothesline Project http://www.clotheslineproject.org/
Posted October 25, 2013
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