Campus Sexual Assault - Title IX Violations

Representing Survivors of Sexual Assault in Civil Lawsuits

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX: Speak Louder

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

When Congress passed Title IX in 1972, it was designed to protect women from being discriminated against in educational programs due to their gender, especially in college or university settings. That protection also extends to sexual assault, harassment, or any form of sexual misconduct. Institutions of higher learning that receive federal funding are required by Title IX to adequately respond to complaints of sexual violence on campus. Many universities have a dedicated department staffed with employees to handle Title IX sexual misconduct claims, such as college rape, dating violence on campus, or sexual assault incidents. But that often isn’t enough.

Many students’ Title IX sexual assault claims often go unanswered, are poorly handled, or are not investigated in a timely manner. Survivors’ voices are drowned out by the institution’s desire to quiet the allegations, sweep them under the rug, and preserve its reputation. Suppressed allegations of Title IX violations have encouraged a “rape culture” on many campuses. This institutional betrayal leaves many survivors lost and let down, and leaves other less inclined to report sexual assault claims.

"1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college, and 90% of those survivors never report it."

You are not alone. Many survivors of sexual assault on campus have sat silent and ashamed, alone and afraid. Your voice is important and deserves to be heard to bring justice and hold perpetrators accountable. So speak louder. We are listening.

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