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Title IX: It’s Not Just about Sports and It’s Time to Take it Seriously

Although most people know that Title IX requires schools to provide girls and boys with equal athletic opportunities, it goes much further and is intended to ensure that our schools are free of gender-based discrimination and harassment across all educational and extra-curricular programs. It’s time to put more effort into making this a reality.

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Virginia Attorney General Oversteps His Role, and the Law, In Asserting “Veto” Power in TRAP Regulatory Process

Board members faced with “legal advice” from the AG’s office that is clearly informed more by political objectives than legal principles should decline to follow it and take whatever action is necessary to see that the regulations that they believe are in the best interests of Virginians are published and implemented.

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From Fear to Safety: Confronting Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campuses

One in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, and approximately 81 percent of students experienced some form of sexual harassment during their school years.  An analsyis of sexual assault on Virginia campuses revealed that such crimes were rarely prosecuted, although under Title IX, schools receiving federal funds have a legal obligation to protect students from gender-based violence and harassment.

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Domestic Violence is an Every Day Issue

While October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it may be the grim August murder of Crystal Ragin and her three children in Newport News, VA that serves as the year’s most dramatic reminder that more must be done to protect women from violence.

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Virginia Board of “Health” Putting Women at Greater Health Risk For Political Gain

Tomorrow, September 17 is Constitution Day, a day to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution and to celebrate the rights guaranteed within. In place of celebration, we are reminded that women’s rights are under attack.

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In a Victory, Virginia Prisons Will Limit the Shackling of Pregnant Women

Fourteen states currently limit the use of restraints on pregnant inmates, and now Virginia is one of the few states with forward-thinking policies regarding the use of restraints on pregnant inmates.  However, local and regional jails in Virginia are not subject to the DOC regulations, so pregnant women at those facilities are still at risk.

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Why Insurance Coverage for Abortion Matters

Virginia’s Governor continues to play politics with women’s health by amending HB 2434 to prohibit all insurance plans sold in Virginia under health reform from covering the cost of abortions.

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Virginia Refuses to Unshackle Pregnant Inmates

On Feb. 4, the Virginia General Assembly’s House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee defeated a bill that would have limited the use of restraints on pregnant inmates.

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