Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new plans to diminish the voices of survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. We will not let this go quietly.
Secretary DeVos plans to make it more difficult to hold accountable students accused of harassment and assault, narrow the definition of sexual harassment to remove protections against abhorrent behavior, and to make it harder to hold college institutions liable for failing to fully address complaints.
These plans come after DeVos rescinded key guidance spelling out colleges’ obligation under Title IX to protect the rights of people involved in sexual assault cases and ensure survivors of sexual assault can stay in school.
Secretary DeVos has taken her fight to discredit survivors to a new level by narrowing the definition of sexual harassment on college campuses. This decision sends a dangerous signal to assailants that their crimes will be ignored, jeopardizes the safety of students in America, and makes it harder for survivors to get justice.
We need to help empower survivors. Here’s what we know:
One in five women will be sexually assaulted during her college career.
One in four transgender students.
One in three bisexual students.
It is up to each of us to raise our voices and take action for our classmates, our students, and our friends. We refuse to let the Trump administration take us backward.