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We are pleased that the Department is conceding they were failing to properly administer notice-and-comment and are opening the comment period for an additional 24 hours this Friday, February 15. We’ll mobilize our communities to utilize this opportunity to make our voices heard…
Today, End Rape on Campus submitted its formal comment on Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX rule. In partnership with Know Your IX, End Rape on Campus has collected over 5,700 comments from individuals across all fifty states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The nationwide campaign, Hands Off IX, has hosted action parties in a dozen cities across the country including Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Ithaca, NY; Austin, TX; Lexington, KY; and Washington, DC.
“Neomi Rao’s comments are disqualifying for a judicial nominee or anyone interested in holding public office. Her comments condone victim blaming and perpetuate the rape culture in our schools and society that are dangerous to all individuals…”
“We have seen time and time again that the Trump administration and Secretary DeVos will not keep students and survivors safe. Rescinding policies that promote equity and safety in classrooms by ensuring young students of color are not unfairly disciplined is an act of violence against communities of color. It’s clear this is yet another attack on civil rights and survivor rights….”
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.
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.
“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….”
“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….”
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:
“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…”