Sexual Violence in Schools
Sexual violence in schools and on college campuses is a pressing civil rights issue: When students experience sexual assault and harassment, they are 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, and dating and domestic violence.
The Women’s Rights Project has represented students when their schools failed to adequately respond to gender-based violence they experienced and has created resources for students on how to use current laws as effective tools for change.
If you would like to share your story of how a school failed to respond appropriately to gender-based violence, please fill out this survey.