After Upending Title IX Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Secretary DeVos Refuses To Acknowledge The Role Agency Played | Equal Rights Advocates
Fighting for Women's Equality

After Upending Title IX Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Secretary DeVos Refuses To Acknowledge The Role Agency Played

February 9, 2018 | by

CONTACT
Sarah Christiano, schristiano@equalrights.org, 415-575-2380

After Upending Title IX Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Secretary DeVos Refuses To Acknowledge The Role Agency Played

Following reports that Education Chief Betsy DeVos is “hurt”  by criticism of her failure to uphold critical civil rights protections for students, SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates and Victim Rights Law Center—three national public interest organizations suing the Department of Education for rolling back Title IX guidance — issued the following statements:

 

“We are aware of Secretary DeVos’s remarks. It’s unsurprising that the Secretary refuses to acknowledge the injustice she has caused. We actually work with students on campuses and see everyday the chilling effect the unlawful DeVos/Trump Title IX policies has on survivors.” said Laura L. Dunn, Esq., Executive Director of SurvJustice and Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center.

 

“We are not surprised that the Secretary refuses to acknowledge the injustice she has caused,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates. “Just as in her Title IX guidelines, the Secretary confuses being held accountable with being harmed. The real harm is the chilling effect this Department’s illegal Title IX policies have on student survivors of sexual assault.”

###

Background: In January, Democracy Forward, along with the National Center for Youth Law and the National Women’s Law Center, filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and Victim Rights Law Center against the Trump Administration to stop the implementation of new and extreme Title IX guidance, alleging that it is unconstitutionally based on the Administration’s discriminatory beliefs about the credibility of women and girls who report sexual violence. The lawsuit also seeks to reinstate survivor protections revoked by Secretary DeVos.

 

The new policy discriminates against survivors in several ways, including giving those accused of sexual violence the right to appeal an unfavorable investigative outcome while denying survivors that same right. Signed into law by President Nixon, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The policy has been expanded by seven administrations.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest from Press Releases

  • Federal Court Hearing: Equal Rights Advocates’ Case Goes Before Judge to Oppose Trump Administration’s Unconstitutional Title IX Policy... read more
  • Legal and Advocacy Groups Demand DeVos Withdraw False Claims About Sexual Assault Cases... read more
  • Trump Administration Tries to Dismiss Challenge To DeVos’ Rollback of Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence. ERA Presses Ahead With Case.... read more