“Sexual harassment in education includes any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student’s access to educational opportunities. The Supreme Court has confirmed that schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials.” — Title IX
I have counseled students over the past 20 years from different universities who have have been sexually harassed and assaulted and had to leave the school in which they worked diligently to attend only to have their experience thwarted by being raped and the school not doing enough to ensure their safety. So it not only starts with boys and men learning what it means to respect girls and women, but the colleges and universities must do their due diligence, morally and legally, to enforce Title IX — no matter what they fear regarding reputation, financial repercussions or the loss of fraternities and/or members of the athletic department.
Alisa Piette, San Luis Obispo
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