Girls are affected by sexual violence at an alarmingly high rate in the United States: one in four girls will experience sexual assault before the age of 18. In middle and high schools, many girls who are survivors of sexual assault are being routinely denied an equal education opportunity–penalized for their trauma-induced behavior–instead of receiving wraparound trauma-informed services. Schools must be required to work with their Title IX Coordinators to rectify this injustice and ensure that vulnerable girls are able to fully pursue their education.
NOW’s Action Agenda:
- Lobby school districts to instill a properly trained Title IX Coordinator, who can not only handle cases of sexual abuse but also be trained to identify it.
- Lobby school districts to train faculty and staff on identifying students who are in need of trauma-informed services, and provide appropriate services.
- Lobby school districts to develop protocols and provide services for sexually traumatized students with a view to ensuring an equal education opportunity for survivors, allowing them to stay in school, recover from trauma, and not just survive but thrive.