Whether you are a student, a parent, a college faculty or staff member or a concerned member of the community like me, we all have a role to play in ending campus sexual violence. In a matter of days, students will be back on campus for another school year. We can’t wait any longer.
What is happening on our campuses is unacceptable. Department of Justice statistics show that around 1 in 5 women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students, as well as about 1 in 16 college men.
Two federal laws — the Clery Act and Title IX — are supposed to work together to protect students from campus sexual violence. But few students know about these laws or know their rights under them.
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating more than 70 schools for Title IX violations related to sexual violence.
Students, faculty, staff and my fellow advocates can use the Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit on www.aauw.org to learn more about the epidemic of campus sexual violence and access resources to help stop it.
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