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AG Shapiro Unveils Campus Safety Initiative on Drug, Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health & Sexual Assault Prevention

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

15219_AG_campussafety_MES_003WEST CHESTER, Pa. (EYT) – Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday a new campus safety initiative focused on preventing drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and sexual assault at colleges and universities across Pennsylvania.

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.

Protecting Pennsylvania students is a significant task, and there are risks for students such as student loan scams, identity theft, predatory for-profit education institutions, public health, and other safety challenges.

From these issues, Attorney General 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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