Resolution in Support of Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Secondary School Level

RESOLUTION 15-05.12

Resolution in Support of Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Secondary School Level

WHEREAS, public awareness about the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual violence within and among colleges and universities in the United States is growing, while less attention has been focused on secondary schools where harm is being done every day, primarily to girls and young women, but also to boys, young men and people of different gender identities; and

WHEREAS, under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1972, as amended, schools in receipt of federal funds are responsible for maintaining a safe learning environment for all students, free from discrimination and, further, are obliged to respond to incidents of discrimination including those based on sex, such as sexual harassment and sexual violence, about which they are made aware or that they could be reasonably expected to be aware; and

WHEREAS, school administrations are more likely to take seriously the obligation to address incidents of sexual harassment if they know that they are being monitored for compliance with Title IX, yet a mere 2.2% of California Secondary Schools were monitored in 2013-2014 through the programs of the California Department of Education, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party supports increased statewide efforts by the California Department of Education to monitor California’s secondary schools annually for sexual harassment and sexual violence;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party shall send a copy of this resolution to Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to let them know that Democrats are seriously concerned about issues of sex discrimination which include sexual harassment and sexual violence in our secondary schools.

Sponsored by Karen Weinstein and 25 members of the DSCC

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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