Pa. attorney general launches college campus safety initiative [phillytrib.com]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday announced a new campus safety initiative focused on preventing drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and sexual assault at colleges and universities across Pennsylvania.

“All across Pennsylvania, parents are taking their kids to college,” he stated in a release. “When they drive away from campus, of course they should be sad to leave them, but they shouldn’t be worried for their safety. I’m a dad to four young kids, and as Attorney General I’ll be working all year to make concrete improvements to campus safety across our Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania is home to 750,000 students at 200 colleges and universities. Campus safety incidents have occurred in the state for more than 30 years, such as the rape and murder of Jeanne Clery at Lehigh University in 1986, which led to the passage of the Clery Act.

Shapiro has identified four key areas that require the attention of the entire community – drug addiction, alcohol abuse, mental health awareness and sexual assault prevention – and will use this campus safety initiative to highlight them at a series of roundtable discussions across the Commonwealth this fall.

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