Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Sept. 18, 2011
I want to share with you a letter I sent to all Marquette students this afternoon. I want both you and our students to know how important I consider the issue of sexual violence on college campuses. We know that it is an issue nationwide; incidents on our own campus made it very clear that we needed to make changes and to be more proactive in addressing it.
While the university moved forward on many changes prior to my arrival in August, sexual violence and our university response was one of my first priorities. The letter that follows outlines both what has been done and actions I am taking. I want to extend my personal appreciation to our colleague, Janine Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law, for her leadership in helping us develop a more comprehensive response to sexual violence in our community.
I also offer a special thanks to all those faculty and staff who provide support to victims and survivors of sexual assault — and to all our students. In the months ahead we will offer campus-wide training for faculty and staff on this important issue. Working together, I believe we can help shift the culture on campus and become a model for other colleges and universities, in the Ignatian spirit of cura personalis.
As always, I hope you will share any ideas you may have with me.
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.