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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.

For Immediate Release: EROC Denounces Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

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For Immediate Release: EROC Denounces Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

End Rape On Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 7, 2018

Catalina Velasquez    
Communications Director, End Rape On Campus
202-688-1380, catalina@endrapeoncampus.org

EROC DENOUNCES CONFIRMATION OF KENNETH MARCUS AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

WASHINGTON — 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.

EROC’s Interim Executive Director Jess Davidson issued the following statement:

“The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights must advocate for students from many different backgrounds, including student who are survivors of sexual violence, students of color, transgender and queer students, students with disabilities, and undocumented students. Mr. Marcus has opposed protections for members of LGBTQIA communities, and affirmative action initiatives for members of historically and currently disenfranchised communities. During his confirmation hearing, he indicated that it was not within the Department of Education’s purview to protect the rights of undocumented students. Students and survivors deserve better representation.

“We are especially concerned about his failure to acknowledge that the list of schools under investigation for Title IX violations should remain public, a matter of transparency that has wide, bipartisan support. His support for the rescission of the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which helped students understand their rights and schools understand their responsibilities, is further proof Mr. Marcus will not advocate for the rights of all students. Mr. Marcus shared little about his views on Title IX during his confirmation hearing. But what we do know is insufficient, and will not adequately serve survivors.

“I have serious concerns about the ability of an official who has remained silent in instances of racism, and who has indicated he will leave students vulnerable to increased discrimination and violence.”

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending sexual violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention through education, and policy reform. You can learn more at www.endrapeoncampus.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @EndRapeOnCampus.

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