The Department of Education Should Strengthen Supports for Survivors, Not Weaken Them
Today, the Department of Education unveiled proposed changes to the ways that universities handle sexual violence. We believe that the new rules will harm survivors, not help them.
The changes seek to make clearer to institutions what kind of behavior they should be policing, but in our view giving universities more leeway to investigate and punish sex crimes is a move in the wrong direction. Instead, colleges should remove themselves from the process and leave the investigation and punishment for sexual violence to law enforcement officials. The fact that the Department of Education believes that the accused should be allowed to cross examine the victim who brought the allegation forward clearly shows the DE's lack of knowledge about cases of sexual violence.
We strongly oppose these new rules and encourage others who believe that survivors should be protected to voice their opinion during the 60 day public comment period.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, email@example.com)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.