October 4, 2017 - Dear Chairman Enzi, Ranking Member Sanders, Chairman Black, and Ranking Member Yarmuth:
When we think about sex, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a hot, steamy make-out session or the typical P and V sex we see in porn. Others may start daydreaming about somebody you find attractive or possibly recoil at the thought of intimacy. But what many people don’t consider is probably the number one rule of any sexual interaction… consent.
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) denounces today’s shameful action by the Department of Education to roll back protections for survivors under Title IX of Education Amendments Act of 1972 and rescind two important pieces of guidance that have aided schools and students in making schools and campuses safer. Secretary DeVos continues to send the wrong message to students who look to the Department of Education to have their backs when they are the victims of sexual harassment and violence.
With September in full swing, it’s time to trade our beach reads for textbooks, pack our bags, and prepare for the start of a new semester at college. For some of you, the end of summer does not just mean saying dramatic goodbyes to your pet or bracing yourself for dining hall food, it also means moving away from your boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe you’re about to start your freshman year at college, and your partner is still in high school, or you’re still in college and they’re preparing to move away for graduate school, or one of you is going abroad.
September 5, 2017
Dear Members of Congress:
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF)* urges Congress to respect and protect the recipients of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. We ask that you support bipartisan legislation to provide legal status as well as a permanent pathway to citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came here as children with their families, and call the United States home.
August 29, 2017. Washington, D.C. — The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF)* has grave concerns about the message the pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sends to survivors of violence as well as law enforcement officers throughout the country. A pardon for Sherriff Arpaio undermines the rule of law, denigrates respect for civil rights, and erodes the confidence of marginalized communities that they can turn to law enforcement for help.
July 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Let’s Be Real, a movement by young people for young people about relationships. To share our learnings from a year of movement-making and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth who drive it, Break the Cycle staff members reflects on their experiences working with Let’s Be Real in a 4 part blog series.