Know Your Rights: Title IX

Know Your Rights: Title IX
The problem with rape or any sexual assault is that it’s a private yet public concern. Sexual assault and rape in particular is a societal issue that must be dealt with effectively to stop its perpetuation. Rape is a nightmare which refuses to go away, and it can follow you all the days of your life, unless there has been sufficient closure for the victim of the sexual abuse. We can help walk you through the trauma of the abuse, and help you to resolve the nagging problem which often takes the form of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a natural and a biblical perspective.

Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment1 and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School
1 Use of the term “sexual harassment” throughout this document includes sexual violence unless otherwise noted.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
Below is additional information regarding the specific requirements of Title IX as they pertain to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
What are a school’s responsibilities to address sexual harassment and sexual violence?
• A school has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively. If a school knows or reasonably should know about sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the school must take immediate action to eliminate the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
• Even if a student or his or her parent does not want to file a complaint or does not request that the school take any action on the student’s behalf, if a school knows or reasonably should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence, it must promptly investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.
• A criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.

If you want to learn more about your rights, or if you believe that a school district, college, or university is violating Federal law, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (800) 421-3481 or If you wish to fill out a complaint form online, you may do so at:

Cleaning Your Closet

Cleaning Your Closet

Some people who have experienced abuse can sometimes become emotionally hard, unyielding and unforgiving. There’s a need to work on ourselves, if not the abused can become the abuser!

In the reading there are places where you are to fill in the blanks working on your moral fiber, but for the sake of continuity I’ll fill in the blanks.

Some closets are pretty much in order a little cleaning here and there is all you need. You go about sweeping out mis-understanding and resentments. You throw out that old tattle-tale container that’s spilling over with lies, and rumors. You re-connect your “I’m sorry” bottom, which had fallen behind your “I forgive you” box. And you remembered not to put a lid on that box as it is used often. Then you bring out your matching luggage of _Joy &_Peace__ and put it right in front of the closet! Now you’re done.

Others on the other hand,  are large walk-in closets and a bit more challenging, and need help. Your needful things have been there for years packed, pushed, shoved, and hidden in the back of the closet. You can’t get to them in a hurry so you grab what’s nearest and go about your business.
But now it’s time to clean your closet because what’s in the back of the closet should be at the front and you need it everyday. As you go about the drudgery of throwing things out…stopping occasionally to examine an item, or read an old love letter, there’s an awareness– a Presence— as if someone was gingerly leading and guiding- “Let’s see what we got here, ah yes, throw out that transparent bag of resentment that’s the first to go. Destroy those twin boxes of envy and strife it doesn’t fit who you are. Now that red box of anger put it outside the closet—wait don’t throw it out in rage, or kick it out in hot temper, lay it aside. Anger no longer works for you. Now look up… over your head, right in the middle of the shelf where your hat boxes are, yes, right there, see that decorated overly larger box? It’s pride. I hate pride, I’ve been trying to get it out of your closet for a long time, that’s to be burned with all it’s contents.
Just a few more items and you are there. To your left side way in the back, in the corner — do you see what looks like a collage of clothing? Go back there, and look closely, it’s not clothing at all, it’s an illusion, its mental possessions that occupy and squeeze out your spiritual life daily, put those out to be burned also. Now put in the trash that double-sided os-cil-lating sign of “guilt & shame; guilt & shame, it vacillates back and forth, back and forth, in your face to bind you spiritually.
Finally, you have worked yourself to the very back of the closet and find what is needed. “Oh! Here it is! How could it have gotten so far back in the closet?” Hurriedly you bring it to the light and examine it– turning it around and shaking it out. It’s still in good condition, Ahh… you breathe a big sigh of relief. That’s what’s been missing— Longsuffering & Kindness: so you vowed to keep it out in the open- of the closet and use it everyday.
Brenda McGibboney-author