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NY Health Officials Join Push To Curb Campus Sexual Violence

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Public health officials are teaming up with the State University of New York system for a training program designed to curb sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence on campus.

As part of the initiative, faculty and staff at state colleges will be taught how to recognize signs of abusive relationships or sexual violence and how to intervene to protect vulnerable students.

Once they complete the program, the faculty and staff members will be certified to train students.

The training announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday will be funded by a $500,000 federal grant.

It's part of a larger state effort to reduce campus sexual violence that includes a new "yes means yes" definition of sexual consent requiring clear agreement by students before engaging in sexual activity.

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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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