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Petition:Hold Colleges Accountable That Refuse to Protect Students From Sexual Assault

Society & Culture  (tags: rape, sexualassault, highereducation, collegeadministrators )

- 1745 days ago -
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. This is against Title IX, passed 40 years ago! but little has changed. For safe schools!

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 11:56 pm
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.

Carrie B (306)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:37 am
Signed and noted.

Candy L (473)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:49 am
Signed & Tweeted, Thanks

Jason B (142)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:27 am
Signed Thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 2:02 am
Noted and signed ~ thank you Barbara!

Animae C (514)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:45 am
with 113,030 supporters
36,970 NEEDED

Past Member (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:15 am
Signed-thx BM

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:44 am
I think this Petition is important enough to be on the Care2 Front Page.
Rape is an epidemic - worldwide, and in the U.S. military, among sports "stars", in the workplace, with agricultural laborers - even in radical and "protest" groups!
We must deal with Rape WHEREVER IT MAY APPEAR.
Please send this Petition out as widely as possible!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:47 am
"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."

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:47 am
Please also go to THIS article in Care2 Causes:

This is a PARTICULAR CASE of the sorts of cases discussed in this Petition.
Sign and tell your friends!

Mike H (252)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:01 am
Signed and noted

Stuart Thomas (497)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:54 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted.

Thank you BMutiny for the posting.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:00 pm
BMutiny: You wrote: One in four women will be raped by the time she graduates college." That is intolerable!

When students attend colleges or universities they should feel safe.

Winn A (179)
Monday July 15, 2013, 2:23 pm

. (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 3:43 pm
Signed and Noted.

Bartlomiej T (296)
Monday July 15, 2013, 4:07 pm
Signed & noted.

Anne T (180)
Monday July 15, 2013, 4:31 pm
Signed and shared!

Paul Girardin (126)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:12 pm
Signed, Noted & Shared!

The world is getting madder!

Lloyd H (46)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:15 pm

lee e (114)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:31 pm
S+N - Thanks B

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:53 pm
Signed and noted and commented - It is inexcusable that college officials treat the victim like a criminal. It's about time that victims are treated with more respect and the rapist treated like the criminal he/she is, no matter whose child he/she is.

Betty Kelly (4)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:41 pm
Rape is a crime and should be punished. Victims of rape do not cause rape and should be cared for, not blamed.

Mary T (358)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:01 pm
Signed and noted..thank you BMutiny

Sherri G (128)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:00 am
Signed, Tweeted, and noted. TY Barb.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:20 pm
with 126,183 supporters . thx Barbara, a shame this even needs a petition.

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:23 pm
Thanks for signing "Department of Education: Hold colleges accountable that break the law by refusing to protect students from sexual assault"
I agree this should be first page. Unfortunately I am only able to send one message at a time, errr!
Sending another star to Sherri G!

Spirit Spider (86)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:51 pm

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:39 pm
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks B

Jennifer Brown (8)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:28 am
It's unbelievable that this is allowed to go on. It's disgusting.

cynthia l (207)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:41 pm
signed Rape is epidemic and someone needs to be held accountable

Emma S (239)
Friday August 16, 2013, 7:30 am
Done! Thanks for posting this, and for all you do.

Laura T (105)
Friday August 16, 2013, 12:05 pm
even if you fight off the attacker he oftentimes tries to charge you(been there)the schools almost always believe the man
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