Advocates Say Obama Must Do More To Combat Campus Sex Violence


The Obama administration is more aggressive than its predecessors on campus sexual violence, but advocates say the Education Department still isn't going far enough on basic fronts, Politico reports. The administration issued guidance about schools' responsibilities under the law, posted educational information online, initiated its own investigations and welcomed a growing number of complaints. In January, the Education Department will start writing campus safety regulations to reflect changes to the Violence Against Women Act.

A wave of recent cases made headlines and thrust Title IX, a law often associated exclusively with athletic equality, into the spotlight. Alleged victims say schools aren't responding appropriately — or at all — to claims of sexual assault and harassment. In a federal complaint, University of Connecticut graduate Kylie Angell said campus police told her “women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter or rape is going to keep on happening til the cows come home.” “So many people don't know how broad [Title IX] is in scope,” said Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women's Law Center. “People will Google whatever problem they're having and they don't know that there are rights and responsibilities here.”

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