University of Connecticut agreed to write a check for 1.3 million to 5 current and former students who had filed a lawsuit under Title IX.
900,000 of those dollars went to one women.
GOOD! Actually Not Good – - GREAT!!!!!!!!
Colleges and Universities across America for the past HALF CENTURY have decided that it was perfectly okay for roughly ONE HALF of their students to be at risk of being raped or sexually assaulted. According to the United States Department of Justice, 20 to 25 % of college women will be raped or sexually assaulted during their tenures as students.
Do the majority of colleges and universities actually giva damn? NO THEY DO NOT!
When Title IX, which was technically an anti-discrimination bill, passed in 1972, schools pretty much ignored it.
Then when the Clery Act was passed in 1990, schools and colleges decided to ignore that as well – even though it carried fines of up to 35,000$ per violation.
And Even After the now famous Dear Colleague letter was issued by the Department of Education in April of 2011 making it so F’ing crystal clear a 2nd grader could figure it out – - STOP NOT REPORTING (rapes and sexual assault) and STOP ALLOWING (female students to be harassed) and START CHANGING (your systems) – it too went unregarded.
HOW DID UConn, Yale, Occidental, USC, and so many others respond you ask?
FIRST: They changed the definition of rape and sexual assault so they didn’t have to be reported.
SECOND: They convinced the reporting students to NOT FILE CHARGES and NOT MAKE WAVES when incidents were brought to the schools’ attention.
THIRD: They did nothing that would lead any ordinary and prudent person to believe that they give a SH** about any of the female students attending their colleges.
WELL F U – UConn and those that will follow.
1.3 million is a drop in the bucket. These lawsuits are going to go into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
But sooner or later you will get it.
Sooner or later you will make a conscious decision to do the “right thing” even if it’s only so that you no longer have to be writing settlement/lawsuit checks.
Sooner or later you will put into place VERY SIMPLE and EASY steps to ensure the safety of HALF OF YOUR INSTITUTION’S student population.
Rape and Sexual Assault are no longer going to be rights of passage for our daughters!!