New York Forms Campus Rape Unit
New York State Police plan to assign 12 senior investigators to help campus and local police statewide deal with college date rapes under the state's new consent law.
Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said that the new victims unit will also employ nurse examiners as consultants to ensure evidence is properly documented and collected and cases are promptly investigated, reported the Times Union. The senior investigators will provide training to local authorities about the law and investigative and interrogation methods, and interact with the colleges, it said.
The law extends protocols established at state institutions to private schools, requiring they adopt student codes requiring affirmative consent before sex. It specifies students' right to make reports to police of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.
The law was signed in July, with most provisions scheduled to take effect in early October. It requires colleges and universities in New York to amend their rules to include affirmative consent for sex, clarify victim rights to make a police report, and provide all students with the written rules. Schools that don't certify compliance by next July become ineligible for state aid. According to law, its provisions apply on campus, off campus or while studying abroad.