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.