Bonamici Statement on Education Department’s Final Title IX Rule
Secretary DeVos and the US Department of Education should be helping students, families, educators, and schools deal with a pandemic of unprecedented proportion; instead, they have just released a new Title IX rule that will reduce protections for sexual assault survivors and create inconsistent standards at schools and college campuses across America. This is unacceptable.
I have consistently opposed Sec. DeVos' attempts to undermine Title IX protections, and I joined with several colleagues last month to express the additional dangers this plan will create during the coronavirus pandemic.
All cases of school and campus sexual harassment and assault must be taken seriously, and survivors must be treated with compassion. This new rule, however, will create additional barriers and make it less likely that survivors will seek and obtain justice.
This is the wrong time and it is certainly the wrong approach. Instead, we should pass the College Affordability Act, which will block this harmful rule from taking effect and put in place strong protections to create a safe environment for all students. I will keep fighting for all students and survivors.