Today, the Department of Education’s discriminatory Title IX rules were officially posted for public comment. Please take a few minutes to submit a comment opposing these discriminatory rules. Here's how: Visit the proposed rule's page on the Federal Register site and click the green SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT button. Enter your comment in the space provided. Use the sample comment below, or craft your own. (See these tips for submitting effective comments.) Choose a category fr
This morning, the Department of Education’s Betsy DeVos proposed discriminatory new rules that completely undermine existing Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors. While the Department has been touting its concern for due process, the new rule shows that DeVos is more concerned with saving schools’ money and making it easier to get away with sexual violence. Make no mistake, the proposed rules make schools less safe for survivors. They propose a narrower definitio
You may remember Megan, a campus sexual assault survivor who was wrongfully denied the protection she sought—the protection she needed—from a Washington court. Though her account of the assault was uncontested, the court denied her petition for a sexual assault protection order (SAPO). The reason? She didn't prove she had a reasonable fear of future dangerous acts by the man, even though—like many victims of campus sexual assault—she had to continue to attend school with him.
Megan is a university student who was wrongfully denied the protection she sought - the protection she needed - from a Washington court. When she asked the court for a sexual assault protection order (SAPO), Megan provided uncontested evidence of the campus assault. She also explained that she was afraid of the man, since her only interaction with him was a sexual encounter to which she said she did not consent. But the court denied her petition for lack of proof that she had
What better way to start 2017 than with a win for sexual assault survivors? Rebecca is a university student who, as students often do, spent an evening at parties with friends before returning to her dorm room. That's where, later that night, a classmate had sex with her – according to her, without her consent. Shaken and afraid after the incident, she reported it to the police and went to the hospital for a sexual assault exam. But later, when she asked the King County Super
Megan was raped by another student at her university and, like many other victims of campus sexual assault, she had to continue attending the same school as him. When she continued to see him on campus and grew fearful, she petitioned the court for a sexual assault protection order. But the trial court denied Megan's petition, claiming she had no reasonable fear of future dangerous acts by the man who attacked her. Legal Voice and our allies at Northwest Justice Project filed