NEWBURGH – The US Justice
Department announced a grant of over $297,000 to Mount Saint Mary College
in Newburgh to fund efforts to combat violence against women on campus.
About 78 percent of the college’s 2,500 students are female. The Mount has partnered with three local organizations in Orange County to build awareness around campus sexual assault. They will use the money to establish a comprehensive response to violence against women, work to prevent violence before it happens, and increase engagement with underserved populations.
“In response to the growing national conversation regarding the safety of college campuses, these resources will enable the Mount to maintain the best practice in our services to the student body, heighten awareness and prevention of violence, and focus on advocacy,” said Interim College President Dr. David Kennett. “This coordinated community response will establish a comprehensive, cutting-edge program that will serve all members of Mount Saint Mary College.”
“These kids should be worrying about their next exam – not the threat of violence,” said Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who announced the grant. “Students on college campuses should feel safe, first and foremost. This investment will go a long way in helping Mount Saint Mary keep up their fight against the national epidemic of campus sexual violence and continue to make their campus safe for everyone.”