|Congressman Higgins Announces Funding to Combat Violence Against Women at SUNY Fredonia|
|September 21, 2006|
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the United States Department of Justice has awarded the State University at New York Fredonia a $199,996 grant for initiatives aimed at reducing violent crimes against women on campus.
“According to statistics, an astounding 5.3 million women are abused each year,” said Congressman Higgins. “College campuses, like any community, can be a prime setting for incidents of violence. This funding supports prevention, education and treatment programs which lead to a safer college environment.”
SUNY Fredonia intends to use the grant to expand and enhance their Campus Education, Awareness, Support and Effect (CEASE II) project. Initiatives will include: conducting rape prevention education for men, including campus athletes and fraternity members; providing key training to university police, disciplinary boards, college administrators and other personnel; developing a coordinated emergency response and victims support services; conducting mandatory student orientation activities and integrated workshops led by peer facilitators; developing an on-line self-directed tutorial targeted to administrators and judiciary board members; and implementing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training and certification programs for area medical personnel.
The Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 and reauthorized by the Violence Against Women Act of 2000. These grants provide an opportunity for higher educations institutions to establish programs designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes on campuses.
In addition to the mental and social ramifications of violent crimes against women, the American Institute on Domestic Violence estimates that the health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion annually.