September 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration will rewrite Title IX guidelines on sexual violence – specifically, an Obama-era directive aimed at helping colleges and universities end sexual assault. According to a Buzzfeed report, the directive “[lays] out how long campus investigations should take, what standard of evidence to use, and that schools could not simply defer to police to handle reports of sexual assault.” In response, Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
“Students, survivors, and all women deserve better than being ignored and marginalized by Donald Trump. His administration should be working to protect survivors of sexual assault – especially college students who are at their most vulnerable and need support. Instead, he is further victimizing these women and men by making it harder for them to to seek justice – and harder for Title IX advocates to fight for them.”
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