January 12, 2008 — RAINN mourns the loss of Howard Clery Jr., the anti-sexual assault crusader who advocated increased security on college campuses and lobbied for the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal law requiring colleges to disclose criminal statistics and security policies. The act was named after Clery's youngest daughter, Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, in 1986. Clery, who founded Security on Campus, Inc., passed away on January 1.
Clery and his wife, Constance, helped secure the passage of more than 30 laws dealing with campus security. They also used the settlement from their lawsuit with Lehigh to found their non-profit organization, Security on Campus Now, Inc. , based on the belief that "students and parents have the right to know about criminal activity on college and university campuses."