SCAR ally Alexandra Brodsky, a founding member of the “Know Your IX” movement, is petitioning the Department of Education to more stringently enforce the protection of students’ civil rights at institutions of higher education. Please take a moment to sign this groundbreaking petition, which will be personally delivered following a rally next week in Washington, D.C.
From the petition:
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.
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. 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.
Please take a moment to sign and share the petition with everyone you know. This affects you regardless of your gender. This affects your sisters and brothers who currently attend college, or have not yet started college. This affects your children. Act now.