Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Title IX

When Mrs. Brandt said Title 9 I thought of the clothing store that sells sports bras, with that being said I knew nothing about Title IX. The exact definition of Title IX according to the U.S. Department of Education is,
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance"(www2.ed.gov)
The Hunting Ground was eye opening for me. Seeing the statistics given of how many women report rape and how little men are prosecuted or kicked out of the schools is frightening. The fact that these schools would rather keep their reputation than care about the safety of their students is appalling. Kamilah Willingham's experience at Harvard really upset me. Harvard decided that the guy who sexually assaulted her was more important to their law program than Kamilah's and other women's safety. When the Annie Clark and Andrea Pino tried to file their case with Title IX against UNC, they didn't get much out of the law case. The documentary was the real reason why they got publicity for their cause. Title IX clearly states "the subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity." The university not acknowledging the rights of Title IX is wrong. Instead they chose their reputation over the students safety which is messed up.  
The good news to this whole situation is that after The Hunting Ground was released Colleges and Universities have started to look into sexual assault awareness. In the article I found the Obama Administration has started a the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR has made it mandatory for schools to prevent sexual harassment and assaults. They are also investigating schools about the way they handled the cases before. 
Sexual assault is still a huge issue. With Title IX it should be better but nothing will change until the schools acknowledge the cases and reports and do something about it. 

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