Teach In about Title IX and the History of Anti-Rape Culture Activism at Harvard

Teach In about Title IX and the History of Anti-Rape Culture Activism at Harvard

There is a lot of energy on campus right now to take action, following a survivor’s account of university indifference and retaliation. Let’s begin to direct our energy to impactful action by first learning about Title IX and the history of student activism against rape culture at Harvard. Join us next Wednesday at 4pm in Boylston 103! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/561184383996105/

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Survivors Are Not a Liability: our demands

Survivors Are Not a Liability: our demands

1. Standardize the informal process through which survivors can seek academic, residential, and extracurricular accommodations 

2. Ad Board must adhere to Title IX standards in order to provide an expedient decision-making process for survivors.

3. University employees, including faculty, residential staff, and administrators, must undergo thorough training about Title IX.  


A first hand account of sexual assault at Harvard

A first hand account of sexual assault at Harvard

Harvard, how long will you wait out for survivors to graduate or get exhausted instead of being accountable to your students and Title IX standards?


[LA Times] Sexual violence common among teens. Feeling responsible isn’t.

Sexual violence common among teens. Feeling responsible isn’t.

“While those most likely to report initiating unwanted sexual contact in their early to mid-teens were boys, girls were among the perpetrators as the age of respondents increased. Latino and African American youths, and those from low-income families, were less likely to have coerced another person to engage in sex than were whites and those from higher-income families, the study found.

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Coercive tactics, including arguing, pressuring, getting angry or making someone feel guilty, were most commonly reported by those who acknowledged attempted or completed rape. And the study found that 75% of the cases of sexual violence occurred in the context of a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship.”


[ThinkProgress] Thanks To The Government Shutdown, College Sexual Assault Investigations Have Been Put On Hold

[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.
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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.”

Department of Education: Hold colleges accountable that break the law by refusing to protect students from sexual assault

Department of Education: Hold colleges accountable that break the law by refusing to protect students from sexual assault

Trigger warning: this petition contains information about sexual assault that may be upsetting to survivors.

We are members of a group of hundreds of students and recent graduates fighting sexual violence at colleges and universities, driven by our own experiences of assault, harassment, and abuse on campus. Many of us filed complaints with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil rights because we feel our schools broke federal law by refusing to protect us either before or after we were assaulted. In fact, the Department of Education has only ever publicly found one school to be in noncompliance with the law, even though a recent study suggests nearly two thirds of colleges in America don’t comply.

We started this petition to demand that the Department of Education step up to hold colleges and universities publicly accountable for complying with federal law about protecting survivors of sexual assault like us.

Indeed, one in four women will be raped by the time she graduates college. And, often, survivors are betrayed by the school administrations they turn to after their assault. In this past year alone, hundreds of survivors from dozens of schools have bravely shared their experiences. Almost all have been silenced or ignored by their campus administrations, and most have been forced to drop classes, clubs, sports teams, jobs – or abandon their educations entirely – in order to ensure their basic safety.

These practices aren’t only unethical; they’re illegal. In 1972, Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments – the landmark civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and guarantees students the fundamental right to education free from sexual violence and harassment. Yet, over 40 years later, little has changed: according to the National Institute of Justice, nearly two in three schools don’t follow anti-violence law. 

Some of these schools have been investigated by the Department of Education (ED), the body charged with enforcing Title IX. But ED’s willingness to accept colleges’ promises to change their ways — rather than levy sanctions and publicly declare offending schools as “noncompliant” — isn’t working. In the face of ED’s leniency, schools aren’t changing their ways, and students continue to suffer sexual violence and institutional abuse.

The Department released a remarkable set of guidelines in the 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter,” and this year it has the opportunity to show its commitment to students by following up this strong language with effective action. In the past twelve months, an unprecedented number of survivors have filed Title IX complaints with ED against colleges and universities across the United States, including the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, Occidental College, the University of California – Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. More complaints are expected in the upcoming months.

To create safe, fair campuses across the country, we call on ED to join us in the fight against campus sexual violence by enforcing Title IX law.After we collect signatures, we will deliver this petition during a demonstrationat 11am on July 15th in front of the Department (400 Maryland SW, DC) and would love for you to join us and show how many people care about this national problem.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. More than four decades after Title IX, it is long past time we be able to enjoy our right to safe education.


OSAPR job opening!

OSAPR job opening!

Duties & Responsibilities

Manages and evaluates the design, development, and coordination of sexual assault and dating violence education programs with emphasis on freshmen education efforts as well as upper class and student leader-targeted programs. Recruits, trains, and supervises peer educators to conduct educational workshops with undergraduates; facilitates educational workshops as needed. Implements general interest educational opportunities for the College. Designs, produces and creates educational and outreach materials on sexual assault and dating violence prevention for the College. Develops and administers office website. Performs a broad range of administrative support responsibilities including overseeing leases and maintenance of office equipment, processing student payroll, and ordering office supplies. Participates in university and community committees and task forces as needed. Acts as liaison with the community, students, and staff in facilitating university programs. Assists the Director in developing objectives and activities based on departmental goals. Prepares administrative reports documenting outreach and prevention efforts; analyzes data for predicting resource needs and assists the Director in developing long range education and outreach plans; assists with the development of long- and short-range office goals. Provides individual support and assistance as needed for students who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence. Occasional on-call coverage of after-hours crisis response pager system. Other duties as required. This position reports to the Director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.

Basic Qualifications

BA/BS 1-3 years experience in sexual assault education, risk and prevention strategies, health education, counseling or related field.  

Additional Qualifications

Master’s Degree preferred; the successful candidate will have experience developing and implementing violence prevention and education programs targeting young adults. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion, and ability to work effectively with student, faculty and administrative constituencies required.

Additional Information

This is a full-time position 48 weeks per year. Will be off the month of June annually. This position also requires significant evening work; flexible schedule negotiable.