Re: OCR and Title IX

Linda Purrington (
Fri, 01 May 1998 08:58:58 -0700

But Jacquelyn, there was no discussion of what was done about the
perpetrator (the perp, as the jargon in sexual assault circles goes); no
discussion of how the school was handled; no discussion of monitoring
the situation to make sure other children were not involved. There's no
problem handling the indiviidual student's situation; I often recommend
avoiding a perp, when the child can't handle the assault. But that is
not the end of the story, and certainly it is a devastating admission of
bankrupt policy and action for the federal government to present this as
a fable of success for Title IX. It is rather a measure of just how
poorly the OCR frames its national responsibilities to public policy and
law. This is why private lawsuit based on Franklin v. Gwinnett has
become the first line of defense for public equity.
Linda Purrington
Title IX Advocates

> Linda Purrington wrote:
> "The following paragraph is excerpted from Title IX: 25 Years of
> Progress
> [sic] (Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1997).
> It
> troubles me that this is held out as an example of how success in
> equity; do you have a similar reaction?:
> "Sexual Asaults and Threats in High School
> In one school district, a disabled sophomore high school student was
> sexually harassed by her male music teacher."
> Linda's questions about this case are right on target. I was involved with
> writing this publication and many of us who worked on it raised the same
> questions as Linda. I believe, however, that this example reflects the
> of "solutions" required to incidents of this kind. Here, it was most likely
> quicker to get the student out of the abusive setting than to change the
> itself. The important immediate goal was to protect the student. Of course
> that solution doesn't protect students (plural) for the long run. Once again,
> there is always more than meets the eye and questions like Linda's help us see
> better, become more aware of levels of inquiry.

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