Title IX

Title IX is a powerful tool for parents, teachers, students, and all citizens to understand in order fight back against sexual violence on school campuses. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault. It was also designed to ensure that girls and women can fairly compete in athletics, and to ensure that they were not excluded from taking advantage of educational and extracurricular opportunities.
Title IX has gone through several revisions and iterations over the past 50 years, changing with administrations. It began as the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding.
“No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Title IX underwent a major revision in 2011 during the Obama Administration. President Obama’s “Dear Colleague” letter outlined procedures and guidance, instructing school administrators that they were responsible for protecting women from sexual violence and outlined specific rules and procedures for how to handle claims of assault.

This was the first time any federal administration called sexual violence a Civil Rights issue and it was the beginning of the expansion of Title IX to include Transgender students.
In 2020 Under President Trump, Title IX changed once again. This version added new rules, making clear the important legal obligations on school districts and adding greater protections to students.
The Biden Administration is changing the word ‘sex’ to include sexual orientation and gender identification. This would allow students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify, share lodging rooms with those of the gender with which they identify, and compete on the sports teams of the gender with which they identify. This change opens the door to violence against women and unfair competition within the women’s sports arena.

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