Sexual harassment should never be the end of anyone’s education. It is a national crisis that one in five girls ages 14-18 have been kissed or touched without their consent, and that only 2% of them report the harassment to their parents, schools, or the police due to fear of victim-blaming and retaliation. And it is unacceptable that when girls do have the courage to come forward, schools often ignore or even punish them instead of investigating their reports of sexual harassment.
This toolkit provides an easy-to-use checklist of yes/no questions, examples, sample dialogue, and acronyms—all written at a 7th grade reading level—to help you advocate for your Title IX rights. For example, Title IX requires your school to investigate all incidents of sexual harassment it knows about to find out whether the harassment has made it harder for students to learn or stay in school—regardless of where it happened, who the harasser is, and what actions the police have taken. Find out how and to whom to report sexual harassment, what accommodations your school should offer, what is required in a fair and trauma-informed investigation, and what retaliation looks like. The toolkit also includes content specific to girls of color, LGBTQ students, pregnant and parenting students, students with disabilities, and students who are English language learners.
Can you use this toolkit if you’re not a girl? Absolutely. Sexual harassment affects girls most often, but it can happen to anyone.
Can you use this toolkit if you’re a college or graduate student? Again, absolutely. Title IX applies to all K-12, college, and graduate students (and college and graduate students have additional rights under the Clery Act).
No matter what Betsy DeVos says, Title IX is still the law of the land, and you still have the right to learn in a safe environment.
Check out the toolkit here.