For Immediate Release
February 4, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 212-274-7294
Planned Parenthood of New York City Supports NYC Campus Safety Act
Legislation Highlights Need for Comprehensive Sex Education K-12
NEW YORK — Today Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) testified at a New York City Council Committee on Higher Education hearing in support of the New York City Campus Safety Act, which would help improve sexual assault services and resources for college students in New York City.
Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City issued the following statement:
"I want to thank the Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Higher Education, the Honorable Council Member Inez Barron, for convening this hearing, as well as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, the Committee on Higher Education and the entire City Council for their dedication to these issues.
Planned Parenthood of New York City is proud to stand with the student activists leading this work and to offer our support as a leading sexual and reproductive health care provider. The intersections of gender-based violence and reproductive health are clear. At PPNYC, we work to meet the needs of survivors—and to prevent sexual assault from ever happening—in all areas of our work, from screening for intimate partner violence, to advocating for policies that support comprehensive sexual education including teaching about healthy relationships and consent.
The need for action on college sexual assault in New York State is urgent. An estimated one in four women and three percent of men in the United States experience an attempted or completed rape while in college. Moreover, there are more colleges in New York State under federal investigation for Title IX violations and sexual violence case mishandling than in any other state. This is unacceptable.
The New York City Campus Safety Act would help strengthen campus resources and supportive services for college students. Planned Parenthood of New York City is especially pleased that the legislation would establish an education program for students and faculty to learn about affirmative consent, bystander intervention, and how to handle sexual assault cases.
But education about healthy relationships and consent needs to start much earlier than college. In addition to these efforts, we need comprehensive sexual education in every school, starting in kindergarten, to make sure students learn about healthy relationships many years before they even think about going to college or entering into intimate relationships. The gaps that remain in New York City's sexual education have a significant impact on young people's well-being and future relationships.
We urge the City Council to pass the New York City Campus Safety Act, and we also call on the New York City Department of Education to ensure that comprehensive, age-appropriate sexual health education is provided to every student, every year, from kindergarten through 12th grade."
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
February 04, 2015