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This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Secretary of Education

Release the Names of Secondary Schools Under Investigation for Mishandling Cases of Sexual Assault

Last year multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. Their peers blamed and shamed them, and the school administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases. The perpetrator wasn’t arrested until we formed the group Yes All Daughters and staged a protest in response to the school administration's mishandling of these cases. We must hold schools like Norman High accountable for their inaction. Sign our petition to tell the Department of Education it is time they release the names of secondary schools under investigation for the criminal negligence of sexual assault cases. High school girls are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault, yet too many schools nationwide are not being proactive in combating rape and sexual violence among their students. After our protest at Norman High School, Oklahoma passed a law to train teachers and administrators on how to respond to survivors of sexual assault to prevent further re-victimization. This year we helped pass key provisions of the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 – a law that requires schools to implement education programs to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Under Title IX, every student has the right to go to school free from sexual harassment and gender-based violence and discrimination. This includes bullying of sexual assault survivors. In most cases administrators fail to understand their obligation under the law to protect victims. Incompetence in sexual assault cases is far too common. It is the responsibility of administrators to protect our children, and when they fail to do so they must be held accountable. Over the past few years the epidemic of sexual assault at colleges and universities has become national news. The Department of Education released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for Title IX violations in their handling of sexual assault cases -- but this information is not available publicly for middle and high schools. Join us in demanding the Department of Education publish the list of high schools being investigated for violating Title IX. Learn more about Yes All Daughters Learn more about SafeBAE  

Yes All Daughters
66,674 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Stockton University

Stockton University: Take Action Against Sexual Assault

As Stockton University expands its reach throughout South Jersey, it is imperative that Stockton take action to support its growing student body and provide resources to students in crisis situations, especially related to sexual assault and gendered violence.Sexual assault and gendered violence is a significant problem across the United States and throughout the world, and Stockton University is not exempt from these threats.  Stockton’s 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report discloses the following cases were reported from 2014-2016: 4 cases of fondling 7 cases of domestic violence  12 cases of dating violence 12 reported rapes 20 cases of stalking This is not, of course, just a problem within our community.  In fact, sexual assault and gendered violence are massive threats to college students nationwide.According to the The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): College women ages 18-24 are 3 times more likely to experience sexual violence when compared to non-college aged women. College women are 2 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than they are to be robbed. Only 20% of female college students report sexual violence to law enforcement officials.  Furthermore, the CDC has also reported that: 37.4% of female rape victims were first raped between the ages of 18-24.  In a study of undergraduate women, 19% experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.  Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. Stockton’s mission statement claims the University “provides an environment for excellence.” We believe that in order for excellence to thrive, certain steps must be taken to ensure the safety of our community.  We propose that Stockton do the following: Reaffirm its commitment to the guidelines set forth in the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.  The letter was issued as a reminder to colleges and universities that they must be transparent in reporting sexual assault and harassment in order to receive federal funding, providing a strict framework for handling and documenting these crimes.  As of 2017, the Dear Colleague Letter has been withdrawn, creating potential loopholes for institutions to exploit.  We strongly urge Stockton University not to abandon the guidelines set forth in this document. Establish an anonymous, confidential 24/7 hotline for Stockton University students in crisis situations, particularly those who have experienced sexual assault and/or gendered violence. Institutions ranging from the University of Delaware and Penn State University to Lawrence University and Carleton College have implemented their own 24/7 call centers to improve the quality of safety for students on campus.  Stockton University lacks confidential resources for students in these crisis situations after typical business hours as well as on weekends; additionally, students may feel more comfortable reporting to an internal, professionally trained source familiar with Stockton’s campus and the caller’s rights, as laid out in The Clery Act and therefore more likely to report incidents of sexual assault and gendered violence.   Stockton’s Guiding Principle is “Students first; vision and strategy follow.”  By recommitting to the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and creating a 24/7 crisis hotline, Stockton would be supporting its current students in a responsive and transparent way and acting on its core mission and values. Stockton will benefit from these actions: students’ wellness will be promoted; Stockton’s reputation as an environment for excellence will be upheld; campus safety will be improved; and prospective students will feel safer knowing the university is invested in the safety and well-being of its students.Stockton University should take the lead by being one of the first schools in New Jersey to publicly recommit to the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, and by establishing a 24/7 crisis hotline.    

Stockton University's Fall 2017 Perspectives on Women - GAH 2358-001
7,328 supporters