Lamont says he’ll protect Obama campus sex assault policy

August 30, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont says he’ll sign an executive order and introduce legislation if he’s elected that maintains and expands former President Barack Obama’s protections against sexual violence and misconduct on Connecticut’s college campuses.

The Greenwich businessman voiced concern Thursday about plans by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (di-VAHS) to change how sexual assault is defined. DeVos has said she believes the current definition is too broad and any new policy on investigating sexual assault on campuses must balance the rights of victims and the accused.

Lamont contends that could ultimately make it harder for sexual assault and harassment survivors to obtain “meaningful remedies and protections.”

A spokesman says Republican contender Bob Stefanowski “takes matters of sexual misconduct very seriously” and would make safer campuses a top priority.