In May of this year, the Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges under Title IX investigation. A section of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title IX calls for federally-funded schools to protect their students from sex-based discrimination, including sexual violence. These regulations include taking immediate action when receiving a complaint, abstaining from retaliation against filers and refraining from mediation, among others. The DoE list was the first of its kind, and worked to better expose the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.
However, there has been little reprieve for this national issue. Every few weeks, another front page is smattered by an account of violence, often set to a background of drugs and alcohol, and concluded with lacking administrative action. Rather than relying on after-the-fact investigations, campuses must confront sexual assault with better prevention methods.
Please submit a 3-10 page powerpoint or pdf that explains your proposed method to prevent sexual violence on campuses. If useful, include mockups and/or instructions for any tangible elements necessary to execute your idea.
Your solution should:
- Emphasize the prevention of sexual assault
- Be easy to use/implement at the student level
- Incorporate a budget; must be affordable enough for schools to fund/implement
- Include a timeline of implementation on a college campus (including a description of distribution/implementation methods themselves)
This is by no means a simple problem, and will therefore demand a complex, comprehensive solution. If you prefer, focus on addressing one aspect of the prevention problem and add a short summary of additional things that would be required to fully prevent sexual assault. Although it can be a viable option, we'd love to see solutions that go beyond training women to protect themselves.