Department Of Education 's Website, And Reading Painful Story Of Sexual Assault

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Introduction A quote by Judith Lewis Herman, world-renowned psychiatry professor and author: “In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.” Since 2011, federal investigations of more than 7% of US colleges have been opened due to suspected Title IX violations. Why should we, as college students, worry about this? Only 16% of the cases have been closed, and because of the wide reach of culture, even our own community is affected by what takes place in these far-off universities. I am not only a college student, but a female, so I have a personal stake in these investigations. So I have dedicated days to reading the U.S. Department of Education’s website, analyzing BYU’s website, and reading painful story after painful story of sexual assault. The way BYU handled the sexual assault was almost worse than the assaults themselves, and because of their conduct, I now believe that BYU discriminates against its female students who report sexual assault. To convince you, I will first define Title IX and the institution’s honor code, followed by two main arguments. Lastly, I’ll refute a defense of BYU’s actions. [Transition] To orient you, I’ll first provide an overview of the legislation at play II. Body [Statement of Controversy] Title IX is a law that forbids

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