Sexual assault and relationship violence also affects school-aged children and post-secondary students.
Title IX and institutional obligations
All educational institutions (schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools) 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).
Information about these policies is generally available on each educational institution’s public website, in the student/employee handbook, or upon request from student services or human resources.
Many Title IX coordinators and institutional staff cannot guarantee complete confidentiality to survivors. Additionally, support for survivors/victims is not built into most institutions’ Title IX grievance processes.
Campus-based advocacy programs
A growing number of Oregon colleges and universities offer confidential advocacy and support resources for survivors of sexual assault and harassment.
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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.