People Keep Asking Me To Make A Public Comment on Title IX's New Policy, So Here It Is

By Paulette Orhii

Head of the Department of Education Betsy DeVos is proposing rollbacks to Obama-Era Title IX protections of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. These changes include cross-examination of survivors, narrowing the definition of sexual harassment, replacing investigations with live hearings, and limiting the Office of Civil Rights’ power to prevent discrimination. The office opened a 60 day window for public comment on Nov. 29, and we responded by informing whoever would listen about the changes and the public comment window. Over and over again, sexual violence advocates urged us to submit public comments. After much thought, here is my public comment.

What It Means to Heal

By Anonymous

Trigger Warning: Relationship and Sexual Violence

“I want to start this post by saying I’ve never really talked about this before. I mean, that’s kind of a lie. I have a little bit, in snippets with my therapist when she asks me why this week has been so rough, through panicked sobs when I call my best friend at 3am because I had yet another nightmare, alone in my room to my stuffed animals who never judge me. But I’ve never really talked about it like this, all at once and out there for everyone to see. It’s kind of scary for me, and it might be kind of scary for you too, reading this and being reminded once more just how fucked up the world can be, but it’s okay. We’ll get through this together. Let’s get started, I guess.