September 22, 2015 -- Reactive to Proactive: Title IX's Unrealized Capacity to Prevent Sexual Assault

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On September 22, 2015, the Clason Lecture Series and Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies hosted Katharine B. Silbaugh as a featured speaker. Western New England University School of Law sponsored the event. She is a professor of law at Boston University and is an expert on gender, family care, and household labor, as well as various topics in education law such as testing, bullying, and Title IX.

In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendment was enacted with the primary focus to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs. What had become synonymous with leveling the playing field for female athletic participation today is seen to offer much broader protection against sexual violence and harassment. Katharine Silbaugh argued a more effective application of Title IX to the problem of campus sexual assault would abandon the present criminal justice model in favor of one adapted from the government’s approach to public health, and in this way focus more on community-wide prevention instead of punishment in individual cases.