Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement on Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed changes to existing protections against sexual assault:
“As students return to their college classrooms, we should be working to ensure their safety, not peeling back their protections against campus sexual assault as Secretary DeVos recently announced. Title IX is a cornerstone of federal law to protect students from sexual harassment and sexual assault, and these regulations will hurt victims and make it harder for them to seek justice.
The regulations also appear to conflict with other federal law, like the Clery Act, which I amended in 2013 to improve how schools respond to sexual assault. This conflicting guidance from the Department of Education will make it harder for victims to come forward and will discourage the change that needs to happen to keep young women safe.”