Call Of The Day: Oppose Dismantling Protections For Rape Victims

adapted from 5calls.org

On September 7th, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she would change how the Department of Education enforced Title IX guidelines with respect to campus sexual assault.

Calling the 2011 guidelines that define schools' responsibilities in building a safe and responsive campus "overreach" and "weaponizing" by the federal government, DeVos will now roll back these vital protections.

Since 2011, many universities have overhauled their programs for reporting and investigating sexual assault on their campuses, educating their student body and staff on sex discrimination, and provided support for victims of sexual violence.  A rushed rollback of these rules sends a terrible message to students and administrators alike, and undermines the progress universities, students, and activists have worked so hard to implement.

For what it's worth, earlier in the summer, 20 state Attorneys General wrote to Secretary DeVos to strongly oppose any rollback of the Title IX protections.  We can't let this story be buried in the news cycle.  We need to call the Department of Education today and insist the 2011 guidelines remain unchanged.

WHO TO CALL:

Department of Education – (800) 872-5327

Reminders:  Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling today because I'm concerned about Secretary DeVos's efforts to dismantle Title IX which would weaken protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.  Please keep these protections in place.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there.


This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.