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Do you Know Your IX? Do you fancy a little activism this weekend?

If you’re in high school or college, you need to Know Your IX. You need to know how Title IX protects you, your friends, your classmates, your teammates, and everyone else on your campus from sex-based discrimination. And if you feel like a doing a little activism, a little awareness raising, on your campus this weekend, Know Your IX has got you covered: all you have to do it print this poster, grab some tape or a stapler, and get to work.

You can print the poster and learn about other ways to spread the word here. If you don’t know your rights, you can’t defend them. So Know Your IX. Bonus round: email me a ...

If you’re in high school or college, you need to Know Your IX. You need to know how Title IX protects you, your friends, your classmates, your teammates, and everyone else on your campus from sex-based discrimination. ...

Know Your Title IX logo

Do you know your Title IX?

We’re so excited that the Know Your Title IX site is now officially launched!

As Lori covered before, Know Your Title IX is a campaign started by our own Alexandra and a collective of survivor-activists and allies across the country. It aims to ensure that every college student in the U.S. knows that under Title IX they have a right to an education free from sexual violence–and gives them the tools they need to hold their schools to that.

Check out the website here. With legal resources, guidance on engaging in campus activism, hotlines for emergency care, suggestions for supporting a survivor, and personal advice after an assault, it’s a treasure trove of useful information every college student ...

We’re so excited that the Know Your Title IX site is now officially launched!

As Lori covered before, Know Your Title IX is a campaign started by our own Alexandra and a collective ...

SAFER Carolina

The radical potential and great disappointment of school sexual misconduct boards

In a development that surprised exactly no one who has been following the recent stories of mishandled sexual violence reports at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has agreed to investigate the school’s policies and practices.

The investigation is prompted by a complaint filed in January by UNC students, alumni, and a former administrator. Although the complaint is not a law suit, and the DOE almost never finds schools “out of compliance”—preferring a collaborative reform process rather than fines—the OCR can refer cases to the Department of Justice if it finds evidence of criminal administrative behavior that a bureaucratic investigation cannot resolve.

The New York Times has a generally ...

In a development that surprised exactly no one who has been following the recent stories of mishandled sexual violence reports at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Department of Education’s Office of ...

Landen Gambill speaking at a rally

University of North Carolina student could be expelled for “intimidating” her rapist by talking about her assault

Alexandra has written before about this ongoing saga at the University of North Carolina. Student survivors and a former assistant dean, who says the administration urged her to intentionally under-report cases of sexual assault, have filed a Title IX lawsuit accusing UNC of mishandling their cases and violating their rights. The heart of complaint is that the school “facilitated a hostile environment” for students reporting sexual assault.

Just how hostile? Well, let UNC really drive it home for you…Now, one of the students involved in the lawsuit could be expelled because she spoke out about her assault. Landen Gambill has repeatedly told her story of enduring sexual abuse and harassment from her ex-boyfriend because, she says, “I don’t want anyone else to have to experience what I ...

Alexandra has written before about this ongoing saga at the University of North Carolina. Student survivors and a former assistant dean, who says the administration urged her to intentionally under-report cases of sexual assault, have filed a Title IX lawsuit accusing UNC ...

Surviving at Amherst

Amherst student debunks all the rape myths in the school’s “sexual misconduct” report

In response to former student Angie Epifano’s account of Amherst’s shockingly cruel and inept response to her sexual assault, the school called together a Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct to conduct an investigation of campus policy and practice.  Last week the Committee released its 55-page report.

While the document does criticize Amherst’s approach to sexual violence, it simultaneously absolves both the school and rapists of blame by characterizing assault as an unfortunate accident: “Something goes wrong and a sexual assault does occur,” the report reads.

It Happens Here, an Amherst blog dedicated to discussion of campus sexual violence, has published a response to the report by student activist Dana Bolger. The whole piece is ...

In response to former student Angie Epifano’s account of Amherst’s shockingly cruel and inept response to her sexual assault, the school called together a Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct to conduct an investigation of ...

Snapped at CLPP: Fashion at the 2012 conference

As you all know, Eesha and I were blogging from this year’s Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program Conference, “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice” at Hampshire College. So far, we’ve covered lots of Important Issues like colonization and colonialism. Follow the CLPP2012 tag to view all our posts.

But while I was struck by the high-quality dialogue that took place at the conference, I couldn’t help but notice another aspect of life in western Massachusetts besides the penchant for social justice and movement-building: fashion.

I’ve written before about my ambivalence towards fashion. But in this space, where so many people of all different backgrounds had come together to talk about the future of our reproductive justice movement, personal expression ...

As you all know, Eesha and I were blogging from this year’s Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program Conference, “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice” at Hampshire College. So far, we’ve covered lots of Important Issues like

Frat suspended after surveying its members on who they would like to rape

Really, Sigma Phi Epsilon? There’s no way the University of Vermont frat really thought it was ok to send a survey to its members asking, “If you could rape anyone, who would it be?” Is there? (Wait, don’t answer that.)

But now that the survey has been leaked to the interwebs–apparently because a new member accidentally emailed it to his teaching assistant (ouch!)–they’re finding out it’s not ok–and fast. Feminists activists at UVM and FED UP Vermont have swiftly mobilized to call for the frat to be shut down.

On their petition, which has gotten over 3,000 signatures now, they write:

This egregious expression of rape culture is only the most recent example of systemic sexism at UVM. The ...

Really, Sigma Phi Epsilon? There’s no way the University of Vermont frat really thought it was ok to send a survey to its members asking, “If you could rape anyone, who would it be?” Is there? ...

College tour guest post: The luck of the draw

This is a guest post from Kirstin Rower, the student panelist for tomorrow’s Feministing: Offline and Unfiltered event at UC Merced. Kirstin is a UC Merced sophomore and the president of University Women of Merced Network (UWMN), the campus feminist organization. She intends to major in performing arts while simultaneously kicking some anti-choice butt. Find out more about Feministing’s upcoming California events here.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t pick my college because of free condom handouts or the huge array of pamphlets in the health center. Maybe some of you had that in your heads as you were finalizing that statement of intent, but I’d venture a guess that most prospective freshmen have bigger things ...

This is a guest post from Kirstin Rower, the student panelist for tomorrow’s Feministing: Offline and Unfiltered event at UC Merced. Kirstin is a UC Merced sophomore and the president of University Women of Merced Network ...

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