Sexual assault and relationship violence also affects school-aged children and post-secondary students.
All educational institutions in the United States receiving federal student aid money are required to:
- have campus-wide policies in place specifically prohibiting sexual harassment and assault;
- implement a Title IX violation/grievance reporting process; and
- designate a staff member to be responsible for the institution's Title IX compliance (which includes addressing reports of sexual harassment and assault).
This information is generally available on each institution's public website, in the student/employee handbook, or upon request from student services or human resources.
However, Title IX coordinators and most institutional staff cannot guarantee complete confidentiality to survivors. Additionally, support for survivors/victims is not generally built into the Title IX grievance process.
Healthy Teen Relationship Act - Advocate Toolkit
The purpose of the Toolkit is to support the work of advocates in preventing domestic and sexual violence. Part A describes strategies for collaborating with school districts and Part B lists a variety of resource materials. These include model curricula, resources for prevention of teen-dating violence and additional resources for capacity-building and support.
Sexual Harrassment: Not in Our School!
Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School! is a practical resource created by Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS) for families, schools, SARTs, and community organizations. The video follows a high school gender equity group tackling sexual harassment and assault as they interview national experts. In one of the video's scenarios, a victim learns about the sexual assault forensic examination process, the role of a victim's advocate, and students’ Title IX rights from SART Cheryl Ann Graf, ARNP (56:16). This scenario illuminates the unique challenges victims face and thesometimes-divergent priorities of advocates and educational institutions to respond justly, effectively, and compassionately to sexual assault in the school setting.
Know Your IX is a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence through public education, grassroots organizing and legislative/institutional advocacy.
The Realities of Sexual Assault On Campus is a web resource created by BestColleges.com that provides a useful review of the scope of the issue and post-assault information for survivors.