Articles tagged with Title IX

August issue of ASBJ marks Title IX anniversary

The August issue of the American School Board Journal is now live and as always includes a number of spectacular features including a cover package on the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits educational discrimination on the basis of gender.

You’ll also find great how-to and how-not-to advice in articles about process and performance management, stopping sexual misconduct by teachers, and telling your story to the public.

Enjoy these last weeks of summer before gearing up for another successful school year.

 

 

 

Naomi Dillon|August 2nd, 2012|Categories: American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |

Feds launch initiative to stem sexual violence in schools

322-1222511197yhmWBetween 20 and 25 percent of college-aged women and six percent of men are victims of rape during their years at school.  Most perpetrators are not strangers— but acquaintances, friends or romantic interests.

Despite the prominence of sexual violence on college campuses, a startling number of attacks go unreported. The American Association of Women estimates that 65 percent of these cases are never brought to the attention of police or university officials.

Some common causes for this phenomenon are fear of retribution from the attacker, embarrassment and the victim’s belief that it was their fault. These are all psychological consequences of a traumatic event, perpetuated by the social stigma which dictates that these survivors should be ashamed.

It is certain that before more rape and harassment victims step forward, societal ideas about the crime and those who’ve lived through it have to change.

But another serious reason that some remain silent— the belief that their school won’t do anything about the incident—has barely been addressed. This can be especially problematic where institutional policies on sexual violence are lenient, poorly defined, or non-existent.

Hopefully, positive institutional changes will occur as a result of a new set of federal guidelines to prevent sexual violence in U.S. public schools.

Today, Vice President Joe Biden will disclose these suggestions, which are in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter clarifying and expanding upon Title IX, at the University of New Hampshire.
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Naomi Dillon|April 4th, 2011|Categories: American School Board Journal, Governance, School Climate|Tags: , , |
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