Pop star Lady Gaga and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo co-wrote an Op-Ed on campus sexual assault for Billboard magazine. With the New York State Legislature’s session ending on June 17, Gaga and Cuomo’s article urges state lawmakers to act on legislation that Cuomo introduced back in February before taking a summer break. The proposed bill would require private universities in New York state to adopt the affirmative consent policy enacted at public colleges and universities in New York last year. Gaga and Cuomo point out that campus sex assaults aren’t mere violations of campus rules — “they are crimes that must be treated as such.” Victims, they argue, should have the right to call police. The two closed their Op-Ed with a forceful call to action, saying, “By passing legislation such as the bill currently before the New York Senate legislature, we can turn the tide on this issue so that students can realize their dreams on campuses that are safe spaces. That’s why we are joining together to take a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. Quite simply, enough is enough.”
Read the full Op-Ed at Billboard.