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Is Title IX The Solution To College Sexual Assaults?

Many students and lawmakers see Title IX as a way to prevent college sexual assaults. That is why lawmakers passed this law along with the Clery Act from 1990. Unfortunately, we have to disagree and the reason is simply this. It has been estimated that only one out of every 10 sexual assaults that occurs on a college campus is ever even reported.

If it is reported, it can be handled by campus authorities which is a near 100% guarantee that nothing will happen or it can be turned over to local police officials. Justice is not guaranteed because civil suits are long and expensive. We will say this, that Title IX and the Clery act are the most accessible ways for victims to force universities to respect their rights.

In a nutshell “Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimi-nation that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal oppor-tunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy” according to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Title IX and Sex Discrimination.

The Department of Education backed up by Supreme Court rulings, has created specific guidelines that outline the obligations that institutions of higher learning have to abide by when it comes to campus sexual violence. It begins with having programs in place that educate faculty, staff and especially stu-dents about sexual violence in a campus environment. It prescribes that a Title IX coordinator be in place and procedures for victims to file complaints.

Among other things, the schools have to respond quickly and take immediate action to stop the harass-ment or violence, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. Even if the student or the student’s par-ents don’t file a complaint, the school must investigate. If a police criminal investigation happens, that does not relieve the school of its obligations.

Nearly 80% of all sexual assaults on a college campus involve two things: an assailant who is known to the victim and drugs or alcohol. We always recommend that women on a college campus, or actually women anywhere, learn how to defend themselves since they are the victims of nine out of every 10 assaults. They can do that by carrying a self-defense product such as pepper spray or stun device.

This Heart Shaped Spray has a 17% solution of oleoresin capsicum and is perfect for female self-defense.

The iStun Phone Stun Gun looks like a modern smart phone but is a powerful 3.8 million volt stun device.

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