Dear Ms. DeVos,
At your confirmation hearing this week, Senator Murray said, “We are joined tonight by several sexual assault survivors who are brave enough to come here tonight because this issue is so important to them.” I was one of those survivors, representing End Rape on Campus, a national advocacy organization that aims to eliminate violence and support survivors. But I left the hearing with more questions than I had answers. I was not alone.
In the past 48 hours, our organization has heard from countless mothers, fathers, and students whose hearts are piqued with concern that crucial questions that directly affect their civil rights, safety, and well-being remain unanswered. We hope that, as a parent, you can see how not having the answers to these basic questions about the safety of students is frightening.
We respectfully request answers to the following questions:
Do you believe that transgender students deserve to have access to education free from discrimination?
Do you believe that it’s important for high schoolers to understand healthy relationships and consent?
Do you believe parents have the right to know which schools are being investigated for failing to keep students safe from campus sexual violence?
Do you believe parents have the right to know if their child’s school has requested a religious exemption from laws that protect students from gender discrimination?
Do you believe that students of color deserve to have equal access to education free from sexual violence and discrimination?
Do you believe that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disability worthy of accommodations in school?
We thank you for your time and consideration, and we look forward to a continued conversation.
Director of Education, End Rape on Campus