Know Your Title IX and ED ACT NOW are headed back to the White House, and they need your help.
Last summer, the coalition of campus sexual assault activists collected 175,000 signatures for their petition calling on the Department of Education to enforce Title IX to end sexual violence on college campuses. President Obama clearly got the message and responded by creating a new White House Task Force to address the issue. (Four out of the five goals the president directed to his task force even came right from their petition, which is pretty damn cool.)
This Friday, the activists are headed back to the White House with some demands for the Task Force.
[W]e’re calling on the task force to make Title IX enforcement meaningful by directing the Department of Education to conduct timely and transparent investigations, issue substantive sanctions against offending schools, and provide substantial resources to colleges about issues, like intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking and abuse, that impact a diversity of students, including queer survivors, survivors of color, and undocumented survivors.
Sign the petition here to add show your support for survivors and help seize this critical moment. After all, as the activists write, “while the President’s task force is a step in the right direction, it isn’t an end in itself.” Help make sure it lives up to its potential to create real and lasting change on college campuses.
Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.