Press Release

NWLC Responds to the Department of Education’s Attempt to Weaken Protections Against Sexual Assault

Posted on November 16, 2018 Issues: Education & Title IX Sexual Harassment & Assault in Schools

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos officially announced proposed regulations that would radically weaken the Department of Education’s enforcement of Title IX protections against sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment in schools.

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“Students are next to be targeted by the Trump Administration’s blatant contempt for survivors of sexual assault and harassment. If these draft rules go into effect, schools will become more dangerous for all students and more schools will shield harassers and rapists. These rules will also create environments that discourage students from reporting their assaults and harassment, which means fewer survivors will receive the support that allows them to overcome their trauma and succeed the school. Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education, hear us loud and clear: attacks on Title IX are attacks on students’ dignity and safety – and we will not tolerate it.”

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For immediate release: November 16, 2018
Contact: Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)

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