We're facing an epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted during college—and those are only the cases we know about.
In 2011, the Obama administration announced that campuses needed to improve how sexual assault investigations were handled and reported, and that the federal government would monitor their progress. But last year, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos overturned that decision, once again making it easier for sexual predators to get away with rape on campus.
We're past the point of waiting patiently for survivors to be believed or valued. If Betsy DeVos won't work to provide every student with a safe learning environment, then it is up to state legislators to keep our college campuses safe.
Massachusetts state Representatives Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Lori Ehrlich have introduced two bills that will increase students' safety and provide more resources for sexual assault survivors:
Students have been working on these bills for over four years, and they could forever change how Massachusetts campuses respond to sexual assault—but only if they're brought to a vote and passed.
Sign this petition to join Every Voice Coalition in demanding that Massachusetts state representatives and college presidents support these important bills.
Together, we can send a message to all college students: We believe you, we believe in you, and we won't stop fighting for you to have the education you deserve.
UPDATE: Every Voice Coalition is organizing a rally against sexual violence at the Boston State House on April 10th. Please RSVP now to stand with sexual assault survivors and ask Massachusetts leaders to take every possible measure to keep our campuses safe!