Gov Edwards Supports Changes To Address Sexual Assault In Schools

Mar 18, 2021

 “TROUBLED BY REPORT” -  Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said  he's  determined  to support  changes  at Louisiana State University  after  the  school mishandled  years  of  sexual  assault  and rape complaints.   Edwards  had  this  to  say  yesterday  on his monthly  radio show on Public Radio WRKF in Baton Rouge.

"It's very troubling because it was obviously a failure of institutional leadership at the highest levels," Edwards said.

Governor John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana
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Edwards was referring to a report released by LSU on March 5th, made by  an independent law firm  that  described  how the university handled complaints from students about sexual harassment, assault and rape  dating  back as far as 2013.   This story was first broken by USA Today  and  has  led  to  the  University of Kansas firing former LSU football head coach Les Miles, who was accused of harassment of students,  but  there  have  been  no  firings  at  LSU.   

"It's very troubling because it was obviously a failure of institutional leadership at the highest levels," Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana

"I'm at a total loss to explain the decision making and what happened and I'm absolutely determined these issues are going to get fixed and this is going to happen across the state.," Edwards said.  "We’re not just going to assume that this is just at LSU, we’re going to make sure that all of our education in Louisiana participates."

Edwards  said he had  confidence in  the  current  members  of  the  university's governing board  which  he appointed  who  will address the problems and see that policies are installed to prevent future such failures.