On of the first lessons for new or returning college students from across the state is likely getting them acquainted with new laws aimed to combat sexual violence on campuses. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign sends a clear message as to what affirmative consent means. The state defines affirmative consent as a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.
LeMoyne College in Syracuse already had an affirmative consent policy in place but, now it’s been updated to reflect the state definition and a bill of rights. Deputy Title Nine Coordinator for Student Development Ann Bersani says new students are taking in performances of Relationships 101 to learn about the awareness campaign and new laws.
"A series of skits that are performed by our students in the performing arts center. Those students have integrated the new 'Enough is Enough' legislation into their portion of this which was incredible to see our students taking that on and explaining it to their peers."
Bersani adds she believes the performances leaves more of an impact because existing students are delivering the message and it get them talking to each other. Bersani explains that could potentially open the door for more reporting.