Sexual violence in grades K-12 and on college and university campuses is a pressing civil rights issue. When students experience sexual assault and harassment, they can be deprived of equal and free access to an education.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Title IX is a powerful tool for students who want to combat sexual violence at school and on college campuses. Under federal law, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and includes harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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