This week, End Rape on Campus and Know Your IX announced a joint campaign, Hands Off IX, to harness survivors’ fears and opposition to the Trump administration’s new proposed rule on Title IX. Survivor activists, advocates, and students will host and participate in actions around the country, on campuses, and in Washington, D.C., to push back against Secretary DeVos’ attack on survivors’ rights. As the notice-and-comment period for the proposed regulation begins, the Hands Off IX campaign will encourage and enable people to submit comments with their opposition to the dangerous rule, asking the Trump administration to keep their hands off Title IX.Read More
SECRETARY DEVOS MOVES TO SILENCE SURVIVORS AND ENABLE SCHOOLS TO BE A SAFE PLACE TO COMMIT SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration have moved to chill reporting and enable schools to be a safe place to commit sexual violence, letting schools off the hook for enforcing their Title IX obligations.Read More
Statement from Jess Davidson, Interim Executive Director of End Rape on Campus, on One Year Anniversary of #MeToo Movement
“We are grateful for and inspired by the advocates and survivors who have bared their scars to prove they were bleeding and instigate the painful culture change we are undergoing….”Read More
Statement from Jess Davidson, End Rape on Campus Interim Executive Director, on the Administration's Attack on Transgender Individuals
“The Trump Administration has, yet again, turned its back on transgender individuals. Their efforts to legally abolish self-identification of gender identity is one more instance of a series of calculated moves aiming to silence transgender individuals and denying them their civil rights….”Read More
Testimony by Jessica Davidson, Interim Executive Director of End Rape on Campus Regarding the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States
Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and esteemed Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Thank you for requesting my written testimony. I submit these remarks to you today with two perspectives that I hold:Read More
“While we await the proposed rule from the Department of Education, today’s report in the New York Times is deeply concerning. To require that assaults take place on campus in order to be investigated will shut out thousands of survivors who are assaulted off-campus. To allow campuses to determine their own standard of evidence and whether or not to provide an appeals process is willfully ignorant, and will go back to a time when rape on campus was swept under the rug. To let survivors be cross-examined by a person who has violated them is downright cruel…”Read More
End Rape on Campus (EROC) condemns Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifelong seat on the United States Supreme Court.Read More
For Immediate Release: EROC Condemns the Decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Reject Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Seeking Asylum in the U.S.
End Rape on Campus (EROC) condemns the decision issued days ago by attorney general Jeff Sessions. With this decision, Sessions overturns legal precedent that has designated survivors of intimate partner violence as members of their own distinct social group, and therefore eligible for asylum.Read More
For Immediate Release: EROC Denounces Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
End Rape on Campus (EROC) condemns the U.S. Senate confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. His unwillingness to articulate a commitment to upholding the rights of all students including student survivors, and his dismissal of affirmative action initiatives demonstrate that Mr. Marcus is unfit for the position.Read More
For Immediate Release: EROC Denounces The Trump Administration's Rollback Policy That Enabled Transgender People To Be Incarcerated In Facilities That Match Their Gender Identity
End Rape on Campus (EROC) denounces the Trump administration’s disregard for gender identity when incarcerating transgender people, exposing folks to more sexual violence. These protections were aimed at reducing harassment, abuse, sexual assault, and rape that transgender people regularly experience in alarming rates while in prisons and jails.Read More
For Immediate Release: EROC & Coalition Partner Platform Applaud The Effort Made To Further Support And Protect Survivors By U.S. Senators Booker And Congresswoman Watson Coleman
WASHINGTON—End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Platform celebrate the leadership of U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in amplifying the voices and experiences of survivors at the margins. Their mirrored resolutions in each chamber of the U.S. Congress call on their colleagues to take actions in eliminating sexual violence in holistic and nuanced ways that account for the experiences of the most vulnerable populations of survivors.
In honor of International Women’s Day, End Rape on Campus (EROC) continues its tradition to celebrate womanhood as well as the economic, political and social achievements of all women – particularly of immigrant women, transgender women, queer women, women with disabilities, women of color, poor and working-class women.Read More
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.Read More
For Immediate Release: Survivor Advocates Urge U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee to Block Confirmation of Nominee Kenneth Marcus
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.Read More
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.”
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For more information on EROC’s fight against sexual violence, visit us at endrapeoncampus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @EndRapeOnCampus
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.
Today, End Rape On Campus launches the Campus Accountability Map, an interactive map and database of campus sexual assault policies and practices. This map empowers current and prospective students, parents, alumni, and community members to be better informed about how schools are measuring up nationally and empowered to hold schools accountable.Read More
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.Read More
We know that the watershed storytelling of the past few weeks cannot simply be something for allies to “like” on Facebook, and forget about in a few weeks.Read More
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.”Read More
As an organization committed to nonviolence, equality, and eradicating violence on college campuses, our team at EROC feels strongly that now is the time to both mourn the lives lost in Las Vegas this weekend and to call attention to the connections between these senseless acts of gun violence and the work that we do every day.Read More