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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a survivor advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education, and policy and legislative reform.

We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence on campus interested in filing federal complaints, organizing for change, or drawing public attention to hold their schools accountable.

We have assisted hundreds of students at dozens of schools file Title IXClery Act, and other civil rights complaints to seek justice and reform.

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For Immediate Release: End Rape on Campus Opposes Utah's Involuntary Police Reporting Bill H.B. 254

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WASHINGTON—End Rape on Campus (EROC) strongly opposes Utah Bill H.B. 254, which would result in involuntary police reporting for students in Utah. This harmful policy would redirect survivors to process their experiences of sexual violence with the police. Law enforcement often fail to process rape kits, to conduct interviews and investigations in a trauma-informed manner, or to conduct prompt investigations.

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For Immediate Release: Survivor Advocates Urge U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee to Block Confirmation of Nominee Kenneth Marcus

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WASHINGTON— Today, End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Know Your IX sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions urging them to reject the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus to lead the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education both because of his anti-survivor views and his unwillingness to articulate that he would defend the rights of all students. His inability to understand survivor experiences and needs throughout the Senate hearing on his candidacy exposes concerning blind spots that will particularly impact equal access to education for survivors of color, immigrant survivors, survivors with disabilities, and transgender survivors.

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End Rape on Campus Statement: Eradicating Sexual Violence is a Bipartisan Issue

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2017

END RAPE ON CAMPUS STATEMENT: ERADICATING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE

WASHINGTON, DC - End Rape on Campus (EROC) is committed to championing the rights of survivors and denouncing sexual violence independent of party affiliation or celebrity status. After recent allegations of sexual assault and harassment against U.S. Senator Al Franken, Roy Moore, and other visible members of society on both sides of the aisle, EROC public re-affirms our belief that sexual violence is a bipartisan issue.

EROC’s Managing Director Jess Davidson issued the following statement:

“EROC denounces any act of sexual violence independent of party affiliation, including the allegations against U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Roy Moore, and other accused assailants on both sides of the aisle.

“We condemn rape culture and any attempt at normalizing unwelcome sexual advances in all spaces, which include the workplace and college campuses. Thanks to strengthened protections for survivors of sexual violence, and thanks to survivors who are willing to share their stories in hopes of creating a better world the epidemic of sexual assault gains more attention from the general public every day. The flood of stories and political activity over the past few months and weeks have reminded us that sexual violence is an issue that impacts each and every corner of our society. Anyone can be assaulted — and anyone can commit sexual assault.

“End Rape on Campus will continue to call out unacceptable actions by political figures, both those who commit sexual assault, and those who make society less safe for survivors. We must treat this as a societal ill and epidemic, acknowledging that perpetrators come from all political parties. All perpetrators must be held accountable, and no survivor should be silenced, no matter how powerful a perpetrator of sexual violence may be.

“All survivors who come forward deserve justice. We demand due diligence and seriousness at all levels of investigation, for all allegations of sexual violence. EROC is committed to treating the eradication of sexual violence as the bipartisan issue that it is. We all have a stake in a safer world.”

For media requests, contact Catalina Velasquez, Communications Director at 202-618-1317 or catalina@endrapeoncampus.org. 

For more information on EROC’s fight against sexual violence, visit us at endrapeoncampus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @EndRapeOnCampus

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

Student Files Title IX Complaint Against the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—On October 25th, 2017, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) student Blake Kitterman, with assistance from End Rape on Campus (EROC), filed a federal Title IX complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights against the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for knowingly maintaining a hostile environment by allowing a perpetrator of sexual violence found responsible by UAB’s own conduct process to remain on campus.

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End Rape On Campus is Centering Marginalized Survivors

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Chardonnay Madkins, EROC’s Programs & Operations Director said, “It’s imperative that we center marginalized communities in advocacy. We must alter our perception of survivors and envision them to be inclusive of LGBQ people, trans and non-binary people, people with disabilities, people of color, and all people who are discriminated against on multiple fronts.”

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EROC Condemns DeVos Policy Rollback

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Sofie Karasek, Director of Education and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, said, “Betsy DeVos and Candice Jackson’s intentions are clear: to protect those who “grab” by the genitals and brag about it — and make college campuses a safer place for them.”

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End Rape on Campus Statement on White Supremacist Actions in Charlottesville and President Trump

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End Rape on Campus Statement on White Supremacist Actions in Charlottesville and President Trump

Yesterday, our nation’s president excused white nationalism, and cast equal blame on white supremacists and the “alt-left” for violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend.

EROC is proud to be a bipartisan organization. Our mission of ending sexual violence is one that belongs to and benefits our whole society, not a single political party or platform. Moreover, our mission of ending sexual violence cannot and will not be achieved without the eradication of all systems of oppression, including and especially racism. In that spirit, it must be stated that hatred and bigotry do not have two sides, and “both sides” are not at fault for the violence that took place this past weekend.

As an anti-violence, civil rights organization, we refuse to remain silent and let recent white supremacist and anti-Semitic acts go unnamed. We mourn for the loss of life and injury over the weekend, and for the daily reality of racism in our country. We denounce bigotry, white nationalism, and hate in all forms, hooded and unveiled. We recognize that such racism and violence is not new, and unfortunately acts of this past weekend were not surprising. Even so, we still must hold the highest levels of our nation’s government accountable for their role in emboldening hate and inciting violence.  

We stand with the students at the University of Virginia, with faith community leaders, and all of those who protest bigotry, and we will continue to lift up their voices. The indifference UVA showed in 2015 towards its African American students after a racially motivated attack is the same indifferent reaction the UVA administration displayed in response to the white supremacist march that ended in violence on its campus last Friday. It is not enough to pay lip service and simply denounce overt racism; anyone who denounces racism must also actively engage in anti-racist work. We will continue to name and dismantle all systematic inequalities from the bold faced racism we witnessed this weekend from Klu-Klux-Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups as well as discrimination, prejudice, microaggressions and other subtler forms of daily racism.

At EROC, we proclaim that Black Lives Matter, and we recognize that we cannot fulfill our organization’s mission of ending sexual violence in educational settings in a vacuum. Per our mission, End Rape on Campus will continue to fight for the eradication of systems of oppression, and speak out against white supremacy — even when the President of the United States will not.

For further information please contact info@endrapeoncampus.org

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending gender based violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention through education, and policy advocacy. You can learn more at www.endrapeoncampus.org.

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End Rape on Campus Statement in Solidarity with the LGBTQ Community

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                

July 27, 2017

END RAPE ON CAMPUS STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Over the last 48 hours, several government bodies escalated egregious efforts to endanger the rights and safety of transgender and queer folks. End Rape on Campus (EROC) condemns this infringement on the civil rights of the LGBTQ community.  

On Tuesday night, the Texas state Senate passed a bill restricting the ability of transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity, thereby threatening the right of transgender people to exist safely in public spaces. Yesterday, President Trump tweeted that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Later that day, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted a brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that sexual orientation is not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suggestion that sexual orientation is not covered by a prohibition on sex discrimination, despite years of case law suggesting otherwise, is emblematic of continued attacks on civil rights by this administration.

Every one of these decisions is individually harmful, but collectively they represent a disturbing trend of government systematically threatening the rights of the most vulnerable. EROC is outraged by the transphobia and homophobia exhibited by officials at the state and national level, including some of the highest offices of our federal government.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the Trump Administration has made harmful decisions targeting the transgender community. In February, the Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded guidance that allowed transgender students the ability to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. It is unacceptable for government officials to consistently and strategically disenfranchise the most marginalized members of our nation.

EROC Executive Director, Annie E. Clark said, "These hateful, discriminatory policy decisions at all levels of government, signal to LGBTQ students that somehow their lives are worth less than those of their cisgender, heterosexual peers, and that their government will not protect them. To the LGBTQ community: End Rape on Campus will continue to stand with you in the fight against discrimination, and center your voices in our work to eradicate gender based violence. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity can live safely and access education equally.”

For further information please contact Annie Clark at info@endrapeoncampus.org

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending gender based violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention through education, and policy advocacy. You can learn more at www.endrapeoncampus.org.

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Survivors of Sexual Violence Advocate for Students Rights in Face of Opposition at the Department of Education

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2017

SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVOCATE FOR STUDENT RIGHTS IN FACE OF OPPOSITION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Survivor advocate groups have been asking to meet with United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos since before her confirmation hearing in February. On Thursday, July 13th, DeVos finally held a 90 minute meeting with survivor advocacy organizations, including End Rape On Campus, National Women’s Law Center, SurvJustice, and others. Shortly after, DeVos met with several “men’s rights” organizations that claim to advocate for the falsely accused. At least one of these organizations have in the past blamed survivors for being sexually assaulted, published survivors’ names and information in aggressive smear campaigns, and denied that campus sexual violence is an issue to be taken seriously.

Survivors have remained vocal online and in person about the importance of maintaining protections on campuses and listening to survivor perspectives. Hundreds have taken to Twitter under the hashtag #DearBetsy, asking DeVos to listen to and learn from survivors’ experiences. Earlier this week, 114 survivors of campus sexual violence penned an open letter to Betsy DeVos, explaining just how important Title IX guidance is for survivors to seek justice, find support, and continue to benefit from their education. Thursday morning, survivors and allies gathered outside the Department of Education to share stories from all over the country, in a rally led by Know Your IX.

While this morning’s session was an important starting point for DeVos, 90 minutes is not enough time to hear from survivors and is not enough time to gain a complete understanding of the serious epidemic of campus sexual violence. We call upon Betsy DeVos to continue to hear from those who will be most impacted by her decisions on Title IX guidance by embarking on a national survivor listening tour. We need Secretary DeVos to make well-informed decisions to protect survivors and uphold all students’ civil rights.

For further information please contact Jess Davidson at info@endrapeoncampus.org.

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending gender based violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention through education, and policy advocacy. You can learn more at www.endrapeoncampus.org.

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For Immediate Release: End Rape on Campus Assists in the Filing of Federal Complaints Against the University of Alabama and Calls on State Lawmakers for Change

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In 2016, End Rape on Campus (EROC) assisted Megan Rondini’s parents in the filing of federal Title IX, Title II, and Clery Act Complaints against the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, for failures to follow civil rights and campus crime reporting requirements. Her story, “How Accusing A Powerful Man of Rape Drove A College Student To Suicide” was published in BuzzFeed News this morning.

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EROC Statement on the Outcome of the Bill Cosby Trial

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For Immediate Release                                                                                     Saturday, June 17, 2017

END RAPE ON CAMPUS STATEMENT ON THE OUTCOME OF THE BILL COSBY TRIAL

Today, End Rape on Campus (EROC) stands in solidarity with Andrea Constand, the more than 50 brave survivors who have come forward against Bill Cosby, and all survivors of sexual violence. While we at EROC believe that justice was not served in this case, we unfortunately were not surprised with this outcome, as it is a single incident that exemplifies the massive failings of a system that survivors are supposed to be able to trust — but cannot.

In the United States, survivors rarely receive justice, government leaders are still elected after bragging about sexually assaulting women, perpetrators openly admit to rape, and society fails to believe survivors every day. It is no wonder so many survivors fear coming forward. If survivors do come forward, far too often, they do not receive the justice they deserve from the criminal justice system. For every 1000 rapes, only 7 will result in a felony conviction — in the United States, the courts rarely hold perpetrators of sexual violence accountable. Therefore, survivors are often forced to choose between remaining silent or suffering from disbelief and retaliation, with little hope of justice. The consequences of the choice between silence and suffering are exacerbated when one’s assailant is a community leader, politician, a well-known athlete, or a celebrity.

It is clear from this week’s events that the criminal justice system fails many marginalized communities including survivors, women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and immigrants. End Rape On Campus is committed to alleviating some of the obstacles caused by systematic oppressions by providing services, assistance, and support to survivors of sexual violence, and by believing survivors like Andrea Constand. We will not stop fighting until case outcomes like this one are seen as surprising and unacceptable.

 Any press inquires can be directed to jdavidson@endrapeoncampus.org.

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national nonprofit that works to end gender-based violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention to education, and policy advocacy on the campus, local, state, and federal levels. You can learn more at www.endrapeoncampus.org.

EROC Condemns Transphobic Bathroom Bans

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On Sunday night, the Texas State House of Representatives voted to bar students from using the restroom of their choice. This bathroom ban would force transgender kids to use single stalls -- separate from the rest of the students -- and would prohibit them from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity, further stigmatizing students who are already disproportionately targeted for rape, bullying, harassment, and assault in school.

As advocates for equal educational access for all students, End Rape on Campus strongly condemns bathroom bans that jeopardize the freedom of students to safely go to the restroom. We urge Texas lawmakers to defeat this harmful legislation.

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