Sexual assault and harassment are tough topics to discuss, but it’s important to talk about these issues and keep them in the forefront. The KCTCS faculty, staff and I are charged with making sure that every student attending our colleges feels safe, valued and welcome. We have no tolerance for any type of assault, abuse or bullying.
We are just wrapping up our annual employee training that addresses these topics and have now begun training for our students. This online training program is related to the It’s On Us campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses. We provide training to employees and students to make sure they not only understand what is considered assault, but also how to respond if it happens.
The Violence Against Women Act has improved our nation’s response to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Talking openly about these issues and providing training are two very important ways we can continue to reduce these horrendous acts.
It’s on all of us to recognize this societal problem and do our part to stop it.