Far too many students experience sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, dating violence, and stalking during their time in high school and/or college. Get the facts. Whether this violence happens on campus, at a school sponsored event, in on- or off- campus housing, or other school setting, we want students to know that they are not alone, that they have rights, and that there are laws, services and policies in place to support them.
Three pieces of United States federal law, Title IX, the Clery Act and the Campus SaVE Act, guarantee students a right to education free from sexual violence and harassment and sex discrimination as well as the right to gender expression free from institutional or personal harassment for students in any federally funded educational programs or activities. These laws were established to protect students from abuse, to ensure that their educational experience would not be interrupted or compromised should violence occur, and to make clear that the educational institutions have a responsibility in creating an environment where students are safe from violence. These laws and policies are in place regardless of whether a student decides to notify the police and go through the criminal justice system.
Local rape crisis centers are available for crisis counseling for survivors and their families and friends and to provide advocacy and support as students navigate other systems. Rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs also are also good resources for educational and other institutions as they develop policies, responses and services.
On the following pages you will find key resources for students, teachers/administrators, parents and others to help you understand the issues, your rights and options as well as information about activism, prevention initiatives and school policies.
Special thanks to The Resource Sharing Project of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault for allowing us to reprint many of the items listed here.
Important note: The information on this website does not constitute legal advice. If you have a specific complaint or suit, we encourage you to contact a lawyer.