DeVos Rescinds Critical Title IX Guidance

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DeVos Rescinds Critical Title IX Guidance

For Immediate Release


“Today’s Department of Education’s decision to rescind a Title IX guidance on sexual assault in schools truly fails victims of sexual violence. This interim guidance will place additional, undue burdens on survivors by changing the evidence standards of a case. While Secretary Betsy DeVos set out to create a fairer process for the accused, she is effectively tipping the scales even further in favor of assailants. By placing the burden of proof on the victim, this guidance ensures that fewer students will pursue justice and very few will receive it. In addition, her choice to continually refer to sexual assault as “sexual misconduct” undermines the experiences of survivors. Currently, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during college, but 90 percent of them do not report the crime. We must end gender-based violence, but to do that, we must empower survivors.”

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