You’ll never find rape advertised in a glossy college brochure. Yet the past two years have brought a delugeofevidencethatsexual violence is a staple of U.S. higher education, with one in five women – and a number of men – suffering rape during their time in college.
After 175,000 people joined our petition asking the Department of Education to enforce Title IX – the federal legislation that requires colleges to protect their students from violence – President Barack Obama created the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
It’s clear the president heard our plea: 4 out of the 5 goals the president directed to his task force came directly from our demands last summer.
But while the President’s task force is a step in the right direction, it isn’t an end in itself.
That’s why we’re calling on the task force to make Title IX enforcement meaningful by directing the Department of Education to conduct timely and transparent investigations, issue substantive sanctions against offending schools, and provide substantial resources to colleges about issues, like intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking and abuse, that impact a diversity of students, including queer survivors, survivors of color, and undocumented survivors.
Please stand with us and with all survivors who have been denied their civil right to justice and safety in education, by adding your signature below. Together we can show the President and his task force that we’re going to keep fighting until every single student can go to school in the United States without fear.
After all, sexual violence is an extracurricular no student should have to endure.