Slaughter Reacts to Efforts by the Education Secretary to Weaken Policies that Combat Campus Sexual Assault
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today reacted to efforts by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to weaken policies to combat campus sexual assault by watering down Title IX, the federal law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex in publicly funded education. This afternoon, Slaughter stood with colleagues at a press conference in opposition to Sec. DeVos’ efforts. Slaughter also called out Congressman Steve King (IA-04) for suggesting that federal food stamp and Planned Parenthood funding should be used to pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
“It’s being reported today that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will meet with advocacy groups that protect those accused of rape and sexual assault. At the same time, she’s trying to weaken federal policies that enforce Title IX, the federal law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex in publicly funded education. When this law was being crafted, it was designed to help women and girls in athletics. Today, this law has become so consequential that it is now helping combat campus sexual assault. I’ve worked for years to bolster this law, and it is outrageous that the Trump administration is trying to take us back to another century. Also this week, Congressman Steve King suggested using food stamp funding and federal Planned Parenthood funding – which pays for cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS testing, and other prevention services for women and men nationwide – to pay for President Trump’s ludicrous border wall with Mexico. He went so far as to suggest that this nutrition funding is leading to obesity. This is the same member of Congress who came to the Rules Committee in 2005 and offered an amendment that would have prevented reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act.”
Slaughter is an original author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, which has reduced cases of domestic violence by 67 percent since 1994. She also was a lead advocate for the reauthorization of this transformative legislation in 2013 that notably included immigrant, LGBTQ, and Native American populations.