Governor Kathy Hochul recently issued a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in New York State. In addition, two organizations - New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault - that are working to stop sexual assaults on college campuses across the state have been given an Enough is Enough Training and Technical Assistance Center grant of $750,000.

Gov. Hochul said,

Eradicating sexual assault starts with changing the culture—encouraging conversations that bring the gravity of these issues to light, promoting our collective responsibility to protect others, and creating an environment that makes survivors feel safe.

In New York, a sex offender must register his or her name, all aliases, birth date, sex, race, height, weight, eye color, driver's license number, home address and/or place where they will reside, and internet accounts with internet access providers with the Division of Criminal Justice Services.  Each offender is also photographed and fingerprinted.  The state uses three levels to designate sex offenders in the state:

Level 1 = low risk of repeat offense
Level 2 = moderate risk of repeat offense
Level 3 = high risk of repeat offense
Level P = offender is registered but risk of repeat offense has not yet been determined

In New York, as of March 1, 2022, there are 42,611 registered sex offenders total - 14,629-level 1, 16,262-level 2, 10,760-level 3, and 960-level p, whose designation has not been determined yet.

Here are the 11 counties with the most registered sex offenders as of March 2022:

11. Broome County (647 Total) - Level 1 (250) / Level 2 (232) / Level 3 (160) / Level P (5)

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10. Albany County (661 Total) - Level 1 (244) / Level 2 (224) / Level 3 (188) / Level P (5)

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9. Oneida County (1,060 Total) - Level 1 (265) / Level 2 (312) / Level 3 (483) / Level P (0)

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8. Suffolk County (1,142 Total) - Level 1 (489) / Level 2 (410) / Level 3 (235) / Level P (8)

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7. Onondaga County (1,147 Total) - Level 1 (439) / Level 2 (414) / Level 3 (282) / Level P (12)

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6. Erie County (1,564 Total) - Level 1 (607) / Level 2 (584) / Level 3 (366) / Level P (7)

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5. Monroe County (1,657 Total) - Level 1 (597) / Level 2 (674) / Level 3 (378) / Level P (8)

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4. Queens County (1,760 Total) - Level 1 (689) / Level 2 (670) / Level 3 (361) / Level P (40)

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3. New York County (1,780 Total) - Level 1 (589) / Level 2 (609) / Level 3 (540) / Level P (42)

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2. Kings County (2,236 Total) - Level 1 (792) / Level 2 (831) / Level 3 (542) / Level P (71)

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1. Bronx County (2,273 Total) - Level 1 (681) / Level 2 (891) / Level 3 (639) / Level P (62)

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Source: Division of Criminal Justice Services

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