Lanna Ultican

Blue Springs

To the editor:

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.

What is happening on our campuses is unacceptable. Department of Justice statistics show that around one in five women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students, as well as about one 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 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, signed by the president in March 2013, included new campus safety provisions, and the Department of Education expects to finalize the regulation to implement the law this November. Until then, schools must still make a good-faith effort to comply with the new law, including updating their policies, providing new training and education programs, and collecting additional statistics.