Title IX law protects students studying in government-funded educational institutions from sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of discrimination based on sex. Every student, teacher, and other staff member of an institution funded by the federal government should know what Title IX is and what it covers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths surrounding the topic.
The number one reason so many misconceptions circulate regarding Title IX is misinformation widespread on the Internet. If you or your loved one was accused of a Title IX crime, the last thing you want to do is research the topic on the Internet because you won’t find authentic information on most websites. Instead, speak to an attorney from the Lento Law Firm.
Myths about Title IX
Sex crimes under Title IX usually occur because the victim provokes the assaulter or harasser.
False. No sex crime in the world has ever occurred due to the victim’s error or the way they behave, speak, or dress. Sex crimes happen because of the people who participate in the misconduct. Sexual assault or harassment occurs when a person wants to exercise power over another and is an act of violence. Engaging or trying to engage in sexual activity with someone forcefully without their consent is sexual assault.
Title IX only applies to athletic programs.
It is a widespread myth that the laws, rights, and protections under Title IX only apply to athletic programs, which is false. Athletics are not the only component of government-funded institutions which are protected. Several other areas fall under the protection, including the following:
- Hiring and retention of employees
- Financial Aid
- Benefits and leave
Title IX decreases opportunities for male students in order to create more for female students.
False. Title IX does not aim to empower female students by decreasing the rights of the male ones. Title IX is designed to create equality of opportunities in athletic programs as well as other educational programs and experiences for men and women. It does not require a school or college to reduce male sports opportunities; if a school does that, they are not following the law.
Title IX is only there to protect the rights of a woman.
While it is undeniably true that men cause most sexual crimes against women, there are men victims too, and Title IX seeks to protect them as well. Just because a large percentage of the victims are women, that does not mean men are covered in this law.