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Title IX is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that receive federal funding.  Sexual harassment and sexual violence are both forms of prohibited sex discrimination in schools, and much of what we might call “bullying” is actually prohibited harassment.  Since Title IX became law in 1972, NWLC has worked hard to ensure that women and girls are able to learn in an environment that is free from sexual harassment and violence—from reaching a historic settlement for a client who was sexually assaulted on campus to testifying before a federal commission on civil rights and bullying and harassment, participating in important Supreme Court cases, and speaking out against sexual assault on campus.

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Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

September 17, 2014

National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Alabama law firm Mastando & Artrip, LLC have filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a lawsuit against the Madison County School Board and its officials for violating Title IX, the U.S. Constitution, and state law.  The case alleges that the Defendants did not properly respond to a long pattern of sexual harassment by a male student, and instead arranged for a 14-year-old female student to meet him in the bathroom in order to catch him in the act of harassment so that he could be punished.  The female student was raped by the male student in the bathroom before anyone arrived to catch him.


Fact Sheet | Title IX Protections from Bullying and Harassment in Schools: FAQs for LGBT or Gender Nonconforming Students and Their Families

October 11, 2012

Under Title IX, you have a right to be protected from sex-based harassment in school.  This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions from LGBT and gender nonconforming students about how Title IX and other laws can be used to make them safer in schools.


Fact Sheet | The Next Generation of Title IX: Harassment and Bullying Based on Sex

June 13, 2012

Title IX is about much more than sports.  In this fact sheet, we look at the protection Title IX offers from harassment and bullying based on gender and gender stereotypes.  The fact sheet also addresses cyberbullying, and looks ahead to next steps in strengthening Title IX's anti-harassment mandates.


Fact Sheet | Cyberbullying and Sexual Harassment: FAQs about Cyberbullying and Title IX

February 10, 2012

This fact sheet answers some of the most common questions from students, parents and educators about cyberbullying and sexual harassment. For example: What is cyberbullying? Can cyberbullying also be sexual harassment? Must schools respond to cyberbullying?


More Resources

Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case

September 17, 2014

Fact Sheet | Protecting Survivors of Sexual Assault on Campus: Myths and Facts

May 16, 2014

| National Women's Law Center Urges OCR Enforcement of Sexual Harassment and Assault Guidelines

November 21, 2013

Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women's Law Center files Amicus Brief in Sexual Harassment Case

May 15, 2013

Infographics and Internet Memes | Nine Fast Facts About Sexual Assault and Title IX

April 26, 2013