In some ways, sexual violence on college campuses is a complex topic. It’s fraught with legal considerations, politics, questions about educational resources and responsibilities, and evolving levels of societal awareness and intolerance.
But in the most important way — that it is awful for the victim — it is straightforward.
We are pleased that state Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, has crafted legislation designed to prevent campus sexual assaults, and to support students who believe they have been assaulted by providing them a path to information and help.
No one wants this to happen to any young college student.
However, according to a story last week, there were more reported rapes at Central Massachusetts institutions of higher learning in 2016 than the year before. In 2016 the number of reported campus rapes locally was 34; in 2015, 25; and in 2014, 21.