Title IX Complaint Filed With United States Commission On Civil Rights

While Congress continues to propose dangerous legislation to weaken Title IX, Wendy Murphy is pushing federal agencies to hold the line on civil rights and ensure women’s safe and equal access to education.

After recently filing more than a dozen policy complaints against schools that refuse to promise “equitable” redress for victims of gender-based violence, Wendy filed an unprecedented complaint with a little-known federal commission whose job it is to ensure the EQUAL enforcement of women’s civil rights. Her complaint notes that shockingly the United States Commission on Civil Rights has never taken any steps to ensure the proper enforcement of Title IX in matters involving sexual assault or any other form of gender-based violence and has only noted Title IX’s applicability to women in sports.

Read Wendy’s complaint below.

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Wendy Murphy
Wendy is an adjunct professor at New England Law|Boston where she has taught a seminar on sexual violence for more than ten years. She developed and directs two projects in conjunction with the school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility. The “Sexual Violence Legal News” project is an alert service that distributes appellate cases of interest, with editorial comment, related to interpersonal violence. The “Judicial Language Project” uses socio-linguistic research to critique the language used in law and society to describe violence against women and children. She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School from 2002-2003 where her work focused on the status of women in their capacity as victims in the criminal justice system. Wendy previously taught “Reproductive Rights and Technologies” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 2002 served as the Mary Joe Frug Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at New England Law|Boston where she has also taught courses in reproductive technologies and constitutional criminal procedure. She is a trial and appellate attorney specializing in the representation of crime victims, women, children and victim service providers and is the founder and director of the Victim Advocacy & Research Group, a volunteer legal advocacy organization that has provided free legal services to victims and other third-parties in the criminal justice system since 1992. Wendy wrote the first-ever law review article connecting sexual assault to Title IX in 2006 and filed the first-ever OCR policy complaint against a university in 2002.

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