Department of Education Aims to Silence Survivors of Sexual Violence and Harassment

Education 11.16,18

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulation:

 “This draft rule is a cruel attempt to silence sexual assault survivors and limit their educational opportunity and could lead schools to do even less to prevent and respond to sexual violence and harassment. The Secretary of Education’s continued failure to protect students’ civil rights and ensure they are able learn in safe environments is unacceptable and must be stopped. We call on all who support equal opportunity to participate in this comment process and make clear that fundamental American values of fairness and equality will not be abandoned and that schools must provide all students an educational environment free from sex discrimination and violence.”

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