FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018
Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Participates
In Community Outreach During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Visited Community Events and College Campuses; DA Gonzalez Addressed Students and Faculty at Kingsborough Community College
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that as Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end, his office is committed to keeping the public safe from sexual assault, particularly the many college students who attend school in Brooklyn, protecting and supporting assault survivors and fostering cooperation among survivors and law enforcement.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a time to bring awareness to sexual violence in our community. As the DA, and a former Special Victims prosecutor, I know firsthand the challenges facing survivors and am committed year-round to supporting them, offering resources and prosecuting their attackers.”
DA Gonzalez was honored to speak at Kingsborough Community College’s Campaign to End Sexual Violence event yesterday, which focused on a discussion about on and off campus resources and informed students and faculty, through multiple presentations and workshops, of their rights. The leader of the DA’s Campus Sexual Assault Response Initiative, Senior Assistant District Attorney Victoria Nunez, of the DA’s Special Victims Bureau, and Maia Campbell, a social worker in the Office’s Victims Services Unit, were panelists at the event.
The DA’s Campus Sexual Assault Response Initiative, which was implemented by DA Gonzalez in April 2017, has conducted trainings at many campuses across Brooklyn, hosted symposiums, participated in several informational events and met regularly with representatives of the 14 institutions of higher education in Brooklyn and connected them to resources, emphasizing that resources are available whether or not an individual decides to proceed with a criminal prosecution.
Earlier this month, the DA’s office sent representatives to other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, including a panel hosted by the Greenpoint Sexual Assault Task Force at the Wythe Hotel where KCDA Special Victims Bureau Chief Miss Gregory was among the panelists. Senior ADA Victoria Nunez and Social Worker Maia Campbell represented the office at Boricua College when it hosted a Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence Workshop. Finally, Assistant District Attorney Laura Edidin, Chief of the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit, traveled to Albany this month to meet with legislators and advocate for the strengthening of Human Trafficking laws.