Family Resources provides services to survivors of violent crimes, including sexual abuse. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (www.nsvrc.org), “One in five women will be a victim of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college” and “one in 16 men will be a victim of sexual assault during college.”
Title IX states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of 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.”
In 2011, a “Dear Colleague” letter, released by the Office for Civil Rights required schools to make significant improvements in their response to sexual abuse and dating violence. The Department of Education recently announced their intention to rescind this letter, rolling back Title IX guidance to address campus sexual assault.
Family Resources’ Safe Path Survivor Resources employs campus advocates in Illinois and Iowa. These advocates are a resource to our local schools and universities and assist with understanding the law and ensuring compliance. Advocates are available to assist survivors of sexual assault.
We look forward to continuing our partnerships with schools and efforts to strengthen those partnerships. Family Resources is dedicated to upholding Title IX and the “Dear Colleague” letter. We promise to stand with survivors to ensure the safety of all students.
Mary Macumber Schmidt
Editor’s note: Macumber Schmidt is president, Family Resources, Inc.