At a time when the public is just beginning to recognize the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and assault in our society, the Department of Education is making it harder for survivors to come forward and access justice.
All girls should be able to grow up safe, respected, and valued. Unfortunately, these new proposals will lead to fewer students reporting assaults and harassment, more dangerous K-12 schools, and more girls being denied their civil right to equal access to education.
Girls Inc. will not stand by while the Department of Education rolls back the already under-enforced civil rights protections of students. We strongly urge the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider the proposed change, which would put young girls and women alike at greater risk of harm.