Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that he “absolutely” supports a request from Republican lawmakers to hold a public hearing on sexual assault prevention and response at the University of Connecticut.
The governor also expressed empathy for a group of women who filed a federal discrimination complaint that accuses the school of inadequately investigating and responding to reported rapes and other sexual assaults on campus.
“As a parent and someone whose wife spent years working with victims of sexual assault, my heart goes out to the women that came forward this week,” Malloy said. “One of the most basic responsibilities of our institutions of higher learning is to keep our young people safe. If they have failed in that responsibility in any way, or if any victim of sexual assault has been treated with anything but the utmost respect, I will be outraged.”