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NY State Police open hotline to report campus sex assaults

Posted at 9:27 PM, Mar 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-01 21:27:07-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In an effort to respond better to sexual assaults at colleges and universities, the New York State Police has established a new 24-hour hotline to take reports.

Authorities cite data showing 95 percent of crimes against young women on campuses are unreported to police, while 90 percent of college rapes are committed by only 3 percent of male students, often repeat predators.

The phone number was activated this week at 1-844-845-7269.

New York’s state university system has adopted a new definition of sexual consent that requires a clear, affirmative agreement between partners.

It applies to more than 463,000 students on all 64 state campuses.

The Cuomo administration has proposed legislation to mandate that policy at private colleges statewide.