"Know Your IX" is Holding Colleges Accountable For Covering Up Rape

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One woman in four is sexually assaulted during her time in college. Nine in ten college victims know their attackers.

Sexual assault is an all-too-prevalent problem on college campuses in the United States. And far too many survivors do not know they have a right to an education free from harassment and violence.

Under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, mostly known for its important role in women's sports, a college that receives federal funds can be held legally responsible when it knows about and ignores sexual harassment or assault in its programs or activities.

Across the country, college activists have begun to demand their Title IX rights to protection from sexual assault and harassment on campus. Students at Amherst College, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Yale University, Occidental College, Northwestern University, and Rice University have shared their experiences with administrative neglect, disregard, and abuse after reporting sexual harassment and assaults. Some students were pressured not to report the crime; others were told to take time off from school until their attacker could graduate. One by one, as these students learned of their Title IX rights, they began to file formal complaints with the federal government. Each new complaint inspired activists on another college campus to get involved, and soon a collective of activists was formed. "Know Your IX" is a collective campaign by students and young alumni who have successfully campaigned against their colleges’ inadequate responses to campus sexual violence. They have set an ambitious goal of educating all college students about their rights under Title IX by the start of the next academic year.

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