The Campus Accountability and Safety Act is a bipartisan bill and is expected to be signed into law in the fall, Cornacchia said. It takes aim at sexual assaults on college campuses and also requires schools to release data about campus attacks. Colleges and universities that fail to comply with the law will face significant financial penalties.
Cornacchia said the act “will reduce the flexibility colleges and universities have had on how they report and treat cases of alleged sexual violence on campus. There is movement to require involvement of police right from the start when there is a claim of sexual violence. Right now there is a lot of discretion in when and how colleges and universities report alleged sexual assaults. There is a desire to not have them swept under the rug.”
The panel of experts to speak at the event includes Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Ruth Anne Koenick, director of the office for violence prevention and victim assistance at Rutgers University; La’Shawn Rivera, director of sexual violence response at Columbia University and Michelle Fine, distinguished professor at CUNY Graduate Center, said CarePoint Foundation Vice-President Paula Nevoso.
CarePoint Health Christ Hospital in Jersey City is Hudson County’s designated sexual assault victim crisis center, and Nevoso said that “Through the foundation’s relationship with the crisis center, we realized the sexual assaults on college campuses was a significant national issue.” She said this knowledge drove the foundation to partner with St. Peter’s and set up the conference.
“From a foundation’s point of view, the conference is to raise awareness about a very serious issue, very much like the human trafficking conference we had at St. Peter’s last year,” said Nevoso, whose foundation is funded by grants and donations. “Our goal with this conference is to create a universal consensus among the universities on how to best handle incidents of sexual assaults on campuses. All student have a right to be safe on their campus.”
Cornacchia said recent statistics show that six percent of college males are sexually assaulted. He said many campus sexual assaults go unreported because victims feel they will be judged if they come forward and the conference will focus on that as well.
“We try to make them feel they are not responsibility for what happened to them, and let them know there are people who care about them,” Cornacchia said. “For too long the process did not support the victim. All of this is being addressed by the new regulations. We protect the victim and make them understand that coming forward is not going to make it worse for them, but will give them the kind of help they will need in putting their lives’ together again.”
Nevoso said various state officials, community leaders and non-profit leaders have also been invited to attend the conference on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Duncan Family Sky Room of the Mac Mahon Student Center at Saint Peter’s in Jersey City.
Nevoso added that, “We are very proud that we are now a community-based foundation that not only raises money to give back to the community, but feels a responsibility to open up a dialogue on serious issues in order to serve residents better.”
Partnership with CarePoint Health Foundation to Host Campus Sexual Assault Conference via http://www.saintpeters.edu/news/2014/08/20/partnership-with-carepoint-health-foundation-to-address-campus-sexual-assaults/ Jersey City, N.J. – August 20, 2014 – Saint Peter’s University today announced a joint initiative with the CarePoint Health Foundation to educate higher education and community leaders about the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. The CarePoint Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to health, wellness and health education to the residents of Hudson County, N.J., has partnered with Saint Peter’s to develop a conference titled, “The Campus Accountability and Safety Act: Navigating Compliance Issues and the Challenges of Campus Sexual Assaults.” The conference will be held Tuesday, October 7 on the Saint Peter’s University campus.The Campus Accountability and Safety Act is a bipartisan bill, which takes aim at sexual assaults on college campuses and requires schools to release data about campus attacks. Colleges and universities that fail to comply with the law’s requirements will face significant financial penalties. The bill was introduced by eight senators from across the country in July 2014. The conference at Saint Peter’s will explore what college and community leaders need to know about this act. A panel of experts will discuss the nature of the continued challenge of sexual assaults on college campuses as well as best practices in complying with the rules that accompany the new campus sexual assault regulation.“A startling number of sexual assaults occur on college campuses every day and unfortunately, a large majority of them go unreported,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “We are very proud to be leading the charge in raising awareness about this important issue and the new regulation surrounding it. We look forward to partnering once again with the CarePoint Health Foundation.”“We were thrilled with the outcome of our previous initiative with Saint Peter’s, which was a seminar on human trafficking,” said Paula Nevoso, vice president of the CarePoint Health Foundation. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Saint Peter’s again to increase public awareness about campus sexual assaults, another serious and relevant issue.”The event will be held on Tuesday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in The Duncan Family Sky Room of the Mac Mahon Student Center at Saint Peter’s University. The panel of experts includes Patricia Teffenhart, MPA, executive director of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Ruth Anne Koenick, director of the office for violence prevention and victim assistance at Rutgers University; La’Shawn Rivera, director of sexual violence response at Columbia University; and Michelle Fine, Ph.D., distinguished professor at CUNY Graduate Center.To register for this conference, please contact Janet Estremera at (201) 795-8000 or email@example.com by September 22, 2014.Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment. To learn more, please visit www.saintpeters.edu.
Carepoint Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening access to care for uninsured and underinsured members of the Hudson County community. The Foundation generates charitable dollars and makes strategic grants to support programs and services that advance its mission of improving access to health, wellness, health education and future health professionals’ education services for residents of Hudson County, New Jersey.
CarePoint Health Foundation Donates Three $10,000 Scholarship Checks to Hudson County Universities
The CarePoint Health Foundation recently established a College Scholarship Program to assist financially challenged residents of Hudson County pursuing an education in the health care field. Three $10,000 scholarship checks were presented to Saint Peter’s University, Hudson Country Community College and New Jersey City University. Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D. – President of Saint Peter’s University, Joseph Sansone – Vice President of Development of Hudson County Community College Foundation and Sue Henderson, Ph.D. – President of New Jersey City University were present to accept the scholarship funds. Two students at each of the institutions will be recipients of a $5,000 scholarship check.
The CarePoint Health Foundation, along with the Attorney General’s Office and Division of Criminal Justice, co-sponsored a Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar at Saint Peter’s University in November 2013. This statewide seminar covered by major media outlets was attended by over 400 individuals including community organizations, law enforcement, and several educational sectors throughout the state.
CarePoint Health Foundation made donations to local charities. A $25,000 donation was made to the United Way of Hudson County to aid local victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hope House, an emergency shelter for women with children located in downtown Jersey City, was the recipient of a $5,000 donation of household items and gifts.
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