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FEDERAL COURT STIFLES THE CAMPUS SaVE ACT

By Wendy Murphy    Mar. 31, 2015

Judge says SaVE can NOT be used to weaken Title IX, or have “any effect” on Title IX’s enforcement on campus.

Dear colleagues;

In an important court ruling last week, a federal judge in D.C. ruled that the Campus SaVE Act can have “no effect” on Title IX.

This was a critically important victory and an important first step on the way to ensuring that no sexual assault victim on any campus is subjected to second-class justice when she seeks redress in the aftermath of sex-based violence (sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.)

SaVE was filed with Congress in 2011 with the enthusiastic support of many advocacy groups around the nation because they were told SaVE would “codify” the Department of Education’s April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.  (DCL)  The DCL was excellent and made clear that schools must address violence against women using the SAME standards as those that apply to the redress of violence on the basis of race, national origin, etc.  Violence against women in education had finally achieved its rightful seat at the civll rights table of justice.

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WHAT IS NOT A NEWS STORY ABOUT UVA?

By Wendy Murphy    Mar. 25, 2015

University of VirginiaIt’s NOT a news story that Charlottesville police were “unable to confirm” a story reported in Rolling Stone Magazine last year about the gang rape of a student named “Jackie.”

Indeed, anyone with a brain watching the UVA Rolling Stone story unfold knows the Rolling Stone story was propped up PR – injected into the media BY UVA itself to distract public attention from the ugly truth about UVA as a dangerous school for women.  The “Jackie” story was delivered to Rolling Stone by Emily Renda, a UVA employee and the magazine ran with it even though, thus far, not a single document or piece of paper has been produced proving that “Jackie” even exists, much less that she made an allegation of rape ever – against anyone.

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WHITE MEN ACCUSED OF RACIST VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO

By Wendy Murphy    Jan. 24, 2015

 

Columbia UniversityThis August, Columbia University released a new anti-racism policy and many academics are “alarmed” and “horrified” because the policy does not go far enough to protect the rights of white perpetrators.

They say the new procedures reveal a “cavalier disregard” for the rights of the accused, adding, “we will never send our white boys to college.”

Columbia’s safeguards for accused students are better than most. For instance, they allow the victim and the accused to have lawyers, and, if asked, Columbia will appoint an attorney at no cost.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER IS RAPED ON CAMPUS

By Wendy Murphy    Aug. 24, 2014

WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER IS RAPED ON CAMPUS (PDF)


SAMPLE LAWSUIT TO HOLD SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

By Wendy Murphy    Aug. 24, 2014

PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS AND EQUITABLE RELIEF

Read the Petition: UVA-DHHS-MANDAMUS (PDF)


PROGRESS OR PROPAGANDA – EYES WIDE OPEN ABOUT CAMPUS RAPE IN THE NEWS

By Wendy Murphy    May. 06, 2014

 

Dear colleagues;

date-rapeIt is critically important to analyze schools’ policies to see how they stack up against policies that forbid discrimination in the form of violence on the basis of race, national origin, etc., because the United States Supreme Court ruled many years ago that sexual assault in education is a civil rights issue under Title IX.  This is not to say every injury to a woman by a man (or every injury that involves sexual body parts) is always an act of discrimination but the OCR at the DOE or the DHHS has not drawn lines that matter such that we should worry about whether a one-time grab of the buttocks is sufficiently “severe.”  Yet this is exactly what is anticipated by the Campus SaVE Act that took effect March 7, 2014.

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UVA RAPE VICTIM SUES IN FEDERAL COURT TO STOP CAMPUS SaVE ACT

By Wendy Murphy    Mar. 07, 2014

PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS AND EQUITABLE RELIEF

Read the Petition: JANE DOE VS. DOE (PDF)


THE REAL REASON FSU’S WINSTON WON’T BE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT —– YET

By Wendy Murphy    Dec. 09, 2013

FSU football star Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes last night to lead his team to victory over Duke for the ACC championship, but no doubt the pass he likes best is the one he got last week from Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs who declined to file sexual assault charges on allegations that began a year ago at Winston’s off-campus apartment.

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When it comes to crime, semantics matter …

By Wendy Murphy    Sep. 21, 2013

Three and-a half years ago, I penned a piece warning that Massachusetts’ new anti-bullying law would be useless, if not harmful, because it allowed schools to …read the article here.


COLLEGES DO *NOT* WANT PARENTS TO READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT RAPE

By Wendy Murphy    Aug. 18, 2013

*Keeping Students’ and Parents’ Eyes Wide Open on Campus Sexual Assault*

Parents don’t like hearing that college is a dangerous place but statistics show that sexual assault, especially in connection with drinking, occurs with shocking frequency.

In fact, girls who go to college are at greater risk of being raped than are girls who do NOT go to college. This fact seems galling considering that federal civil rights laws such as Title IX and Title IV guarantee girls EXTRA protection from sexual assault in college – compared to laws in the real world.

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