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VIBS Responds to new Title IX Regulations
New Title IX Rules Released Cause Discouragement for Survivors
[ISLANDIA, NY, May 21] – The Department of Education has announced its final regulations governing campus sexual violence allegations that shift the burden to the student filing a complaint and limit survivors’ access to a violence-free education. The new rule, which is scheduled to take effect on August 14, 2020, seeks a reduction in Title IX investigations, making it hard for victims of sexual harassment to come forward, requiring schools to ignore many instances when survivors do ask for help, and denying fair treatment to victims when they try to use a system that is supposed to protect them.
“While the rule includes important provisions that promote fair process, it falls short in protecting students’ access to education,” noted Taryn Kutujian, Community Education Manager at Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc. (VIBS).
As an organization dedicated to creating futures free of violence, VIBS does not support regulations that undermine the purpose of Title IX and NY’s Enough is Enough law. We believe the new Title IX rules will make students feel less safe overall. These new regulations pose many problematic components — including unfair investigation and hearing procedures; the mistreatment of victims by failing to provide meaningful support to survivors; no notice of religious exemptions, which can be especially harmful for women, girls and the LGBTQ+ community; and a higher standard of proof for sexual assault and harassment cases.
“Survivors should not have to worry about important protections offered under Title IX being retracted — especially during a global pandemic. Victims should instead be supported and offered the protections and resources they need,” stated Reina Schiffrin, Executive Director of VIBS.
The new rule ignores the fact that Title IX is a civil rights law, not a criminal law. Individuals who may be wondering whether their situation falls under Title IX can request a free consultation with VIBS Legal Services Department by calling (631) 360-3730.
The National Women’s Law Center has created a fact sheet with more information about the new regulations. It can be found by visiting NWLC.org. Additional resources related to Title IX can be found by visiting health.ny.gov/prevention/sexual_violence/ and nysed.gov.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Taryn Kutujian at (631) 360-3730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine Awards Fan Favorite
VIBS is one of 20 finalists for the Social Impact Award.
Fan Favorite Imagine Award voting is now open and you can support your favorite finalist by voting each day, multiple times on Facebook! Voting ends midnight, June 19.
The winners will be announced LIVE at the VIRTUAL event in July, and the winner will be awarded $3,000 towards their organization.
Virtual Legislative Day of Action
Members of the VIBS team joined New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), advocates, survivors, community members and allies for 2020 Virtual Legislative Day of Action (VLDA) on May 12, 2020. We raise our voices and relay a unified message to the Legislature and Governor — we need to pass meaningful legislation to ensure survivors of domestic violence receive the support they need, and we must re-envision domestic violence funding so no one who is asking for services is ever turned away.
For years New York State has led the country in its demand for domestic violence services. Over the last two years the Victims of Crime Award grant has been dramatically reduced.
We must allocate significant state dollars to local DV programs to ensure victims receive the assistance they need to stay safe and protect their families.
Follow #PurpleintheHouse #Safety4Survivors #DVSurvivorsNeedHelp and let your voice be heard!
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