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With concerns about the Department of Education's enforcement of Title IX and a massive record release from the University of California about employee sexual misconduct, ERA had a big week of media coverage on the topics of sexual assault on campus and the urgency of defending Title IX.

  • Executive Director Noreen Farrell spoke with the Associated Press and The Guardian about the University of California’s public release of employee sexual misconduct records.

While there has been increasing recognition of the epidemic of campus sexual assault in America, the UC records reveal a disturbing pattern in how administrators deal with assailants when they are faculty, Farrell said: “It’s a vicious cycle. How is a college to shift a culture among its students if it’s giving a free pass to its own employees?”

  • Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Peterson-Fisher spoke with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about an amici brief defending the right to Title IX damages that ERA served as primary author on, which was filed this week.
  • Legal Director Jennifer Reisch talked to BuzzFeed about the backlog of Title IX complaints in OCR and concerns that they might not be adequately resolved under Secretary DeVos.

 

 

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ERA, along with co-counsel, filed a lawsuit against Stanford University on behalf of our client who was one of four women sexually assaulted by the same male student. Despite receiving reports of the incidents, university officials failed to take action.

"By acting with deliberate indifference to that notice, Stanford subjected the women to sexual violence and deprived those women ... of equal access to educational opportunities," reads the complaint.

See coverage of the suit in NBC News, The Guardian, The San Jose Mercury News, and Palo Alto Weekly, among other outlets.


Full Coverage:

NBC News, Stanford Failed to Stop Sexual Predator for Years, Lawsuit Alleges
CBS News, Stanford University student sues school over alleged sex assaults
The Guardian, Stanford accused in lawsuit of ignoring complaints about serial sexual ‘predator’
New York Daily News, Stanford University mishandled years of violent sex assault complaints about student, lawsuit says
New York Magazine, Lawsuit Claims That Stanford Officials Acted with ‘Deliberate Indifference’ in Sexual Assault Cases
New York Post, Stanford student says university failed to protect her from rapist
San Francisco Chronicle, Stanford student says university let sex predator graduate
Jezebel, Student Accuses Stanford of Ignoring a Serial ‘Sexual Predator’ on Campus
San Jose Mercury News, Stanford accused of mishandling sexual assault complaints against alleged serial abuser
Palo Alto Weekly, Lawsuit: Stanford acted with ‘deliberate indifference’ to reports of sexual assault
University Herald, Stanford Sued For Reportedly Allowing Sexual Predator To Graduate
Law Newz, Finally, Someone is Holding Stanford University Responsible for Campus Rape
Newser, Suit: Stanford Had a Sexual Predator on Its Hands, Did Nothing
Raw Story, Grad student: Stanford let violent serial rapist go unpunished before notorious Brock Turner case
Fortune Herald, Lawsuit: Stanford Ignored Complaints About Sexual Predator on Campus
US Finance Post, Stanford looks the other way on sexual assault for years
The Stanford Daily, Lawsuit charges Stanford with mishandling sexual assault cases

 

 

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The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley's student newspaper, chronicles the women's field hockey team's two-year fight for equitable treatment. 

In 2014, UC Berkeley revoked the team's on-campus practice and competition field privileges to construct a practice field for men's football and lacrosse. ERA has proudly stood with the team for two years while promises to quickly provide them with a new on-campus field were delayed and broken by the administration.  

“I felt helpless, then I got mad. Because the only alternative is to keep fighting,” coach Onstead said. “So that was the lesson. And that’s what we did.”

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The United State of Women featured the Equal Pay Today! Campaign (chaired by Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of ERA) in its weekly spotlight of advocates fighting for women's rights. 

Read reflections from the project's state leads on the pay gap and why they've dedicated their work to fighting for fair pay.

And hear Noreen's vision for the state of women:

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  • Executive Director Noreen Farrell spoke with the Associated Press and The Guardian about the University of California’s public release of employee sexual misconduct records.

While there has been increasing recognition of the epidemic of campus sexual assault in America, the UC records reveal a disturbing pattern in how administrators deal with assailants when they are faculty, Farrell said: “It’s a vicious cycle. How is a college to shift a culture among its students if it’s giving a free pass to its own employees?”

  • Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Peterson-Fisher spoke with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about an amici brief defending the right to Title IX damages that ERA served as primary author on, which was filed this week.
  • Legal Director Jennifer Reisch talked to BuzzFeed about the backlog of Title IX complaints in OCR and concerns that they might not be adequately resolved under Secretary DeVos.

 

 

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Defending Title IX in Schools: ERA’s Week in the News

March 14, 2017 | by

With concerns about the Department of Education’s enforcement of Title IX and a massive record release from the University of California about employee sexual misconduct, ERA had a big week of media...
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In the News: Stanford Failed to Stop Sexual Predator for Years, Lawsuit Alleges

December 8, 2016 | by

ERA, along with co-counsel, filed a lawsuit against Stanford University on behalf of our client who was one of four women sexually assaulted by the same male student. Despite receiving reports of the...
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In the News: The Fight for a Field

December 5, 2016 | by

The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student newspaper, chronicles the women’s field hockey team’s two-year fight for equitable treatment.  In 2014, UC Berkeley revoked the team’s on-campus practice...
read more

Spotlight: Closing the Wage Gap with Equal Pay Today! State Leads

November 4, 2016 | by

The United State of Women featured the Equal Pay Today! Campaign (chaired by Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of ERA) in its weekly spotlight of advocates fighting for women’s rights.  Read...
read more