Posted: October 7, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Clery, Department of Education, domestic violence, government shutdown, Office of Civil Rights, sexual assault, Title IX, Violence Against Women Act
[ThinkProgress] Thanks To The Government Shutdown, College Sexual Assault Investigations Have Been Put On Hold
“On a practical level, that means that government officials aren’t in contact with the students who filed formal complaints against their universities. If complainants attempt to reach out to the investigator who’s handling their case, they’re told that person isn’t currently working. And Department of Education employees are also unable to conduct any follow-up reviews for the colleges whose cases have recently been settled. Officials have been forced to cancel site visits to campuses
, which are intended to make sure they’re adhering to the terms of the settlement agreement.
It’s not the only way that the current shutdown is having an impact on survivors of domestic violence. Rape crisis centers across the country stopped receiving federal funds on Friday
, since the government is no longer able to distribute the funding that’s appropriated under the Violence Against Women Act. And that’s on top of the deep cuts
that domestic violence programs already faced under sequestration.”