Maloney Announces nearly $300,000 Investment to Combat Violence Against Women at Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a federal investment of $297,332 in Mount Saint Mary College to fund efforts to combat violence on campus. The investment, made through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program, will allow the college to continue and expand existing programs to protect students from violence.
“These kids should be worrying about their next exam - not the threat of violence,” said Rep. Maloney. “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.”
“As part of Mount Saint Mary College’s continuing commitment to maintain a safe and welcoming campus for all, we are grateful to have been chosen to receive this grant,” said Dr. David Kennett, Mount Saint Mary College interim president. “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. This coordinated community response will establish a comprehensive, cutting-edge program that will serve all members of Mount Saint Mary College.”
Approximately 78% of MSMC’s 2,500 students are female. MSMC has partnered with three local organizations in Orange County to build awareness around campus sexual assault. MSMC and its partner organizations will use the investment to establish a comprehensive response to violence against women, work to prevent violence before it happens, and increase engagement with underserved populations.
The Office on Violence Against Women is administered by the Department of Justice. The OVW provides help to citizens in order to kick start programs aimed at eliminating sexual assault and providing education. More information on the Office on Violence Against Women can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw.