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NY Assigns 12 Investigators To Campus Rape Cases

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New York State Police are assigning 12 senior investigators to help campus and local police statewide deal with college date rapes under the state's new consent law.  The new victims' unit will also employ nurse examiners as consultants to ensure evidence is properly documented and cases promptly investigated.

The unit was established by the state law requiring uniform protocols meant to prevent and respond to campus sex assaults.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says they constitute "an epidemic" that schools have been reluctant to even discuss, with crimes apparently committed by a small percentage of repeat predators and victims reluctant and sometimes discouraged from coming forward.

The law extends protocols established at state institutions to private schools, requiring they adopt student codes requiring affirmative consent before sex.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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