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Take Action to Protect Title IX

Dear Betsy campaign

Today, BARCC is joining a national day of action, part of the #DearBetsy campaign spearheaded by End Rape on Campus (EROC) and supported by Futures Without Violence (FWV) and many others, to ensure that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos prioritizes Title IX. 

As Patty McNamara, BARCC's staff attorney, explains, "Title IX is a federal civil rights law that mandates educational institutions' responses to survivors of sexual assault in educational settings. Title IX compliance is overseen by the Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education. Thanks to Title IX, survivors have access to accommodations and remedies, and schools are required to actively address issues that lead to gender-based violence." The protections Title IX provides for students experiencing sexual harassment and assault must continue, and we need to tell the administration how important they are. So get out your phones!

You can follow a call script from FWV or EROC and give it your own spin. All you need is a couple minutes, a phone, and your passion for ending sexual violence and supporting survivors! 

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s first staffer solely dedicated to communications, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels. Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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