Posted: April 3, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Harvard, rape culture, sexual assault, student activism, Title IX
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/
Posted: April 1, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Harvard, Our Harvard Can Do Better, rape culture, sexual assault, Title IX
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.
Posted: March 31, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Harvard, sexual assault, Title IX, university retaliation
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?
Posted: October 8, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: intimate-partner abuse, rape, sexual assault, sexual violence
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.
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.”
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.”
Posted: July 11, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Arne Duncan, Department of Education, Ed Act Now, sexual assault, Title IX
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.