Says Measure Has Added Significance Given National Conversation on Predatory Behavior
The Senate Higher Education Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that seeks to improve how New Jersey prevents and responds to campus sexual assaults.
Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation seeks to improve how New Jersey prevents and responds to campus sexual assaults. (SenateNJ.com)
Kean said that measure has added significance given the current national conversation surrounding alleged predatory sexual behavior by powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Roy Moore.
“We must be cognizant of how dangerous patterns of behavior that later plague our workplaces often first appear when students are in college,” said Kean. “It’s critical that we prevent the development of predatory patterns early and demonstrate to victims the value of coming forward to share their stories.”
Kean’s legislation, S-3414, establishes a Campus Sexual Assault Commission in the New Jersey Department of State.
The commission would continue the work of a prior Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault, which engaged a diverse selection of expert stakeholders to create a comprehensive report released in June to help guide the legislative process in New Jersey.
The new commission would allow for the ongoing study and evaluation of emerging issues, policies, and practices concerning campus sexual assault, and for the issuance of new recommendations as needed.
“We’re experiencing a national awakening that I hope will discourage and prevent future abuses like those that have been reported recently in the news and entertainment industries and in the halls of government,” added Kean. “I’m proud of all of the victims who came forward. Their strength now empowers our efforts to fight a toxic culture on our campuses and in our workplaces that has protected predatory behavior for too long.”
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