A sexual assault victim is calling for comprehensive sexual assault policies to be introduced for K-12 schools.
The B.C. government introduced a bill that requires every public post-secondary institution to develop a sexual-misconduct policy, but Lucia Lorenzi believes the same needs to be done for K-12 levels.
Lorenzi says she was sexually assaulted in high school in 2002 and did not know where to turn when it came to reporting the crime.
“There’s been so much conversation in the province about putting these policies in place at universities but the conversation around k-12 has been all but silent and I think that that really needs to change. I know that there has been momentum in the States as well to talk about sexual violence in high schools and it’s really high time that we also do that here.”
She says a clear framework is needed, just like the recently introduced bill on sexual misconduct for post-secondary levels.
“If it’s assault by another student, there really needs to be a clear policy about who should be contacted and what that sort of of chain of responsibility is.”
Lorenzi will meet with NDP MLA Mike Farnworth this week to discuss the issue.