Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led organization that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. We envision a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to educations free from violence and harassment. We recognize that gender violence is both a cause of inequity and a consequence of it, and we believe that women, transgender, and gender non-conforming students will not have equality in education or opportunity until the violence ends. We draw upon the civil rights law Title IX as an alternative to the criminal legal system — one that is more just and responsive to the educational, emotional, financial, and stigmatic harms of violence.
We accomplish our mission through:
- Educating college and high school students in the United States about their legal rights to safe educations free from gender-based harms;
- Training, organizing, and supporting student survivor activists in challenging their educational institutions to address violence and discrimination;
- Advocating for policy change at the campus, state, and federal levels to ensure meaningful systemic action to end gender violence.
In the two years since our founding, Know Your IX has grown from a website dreamed up by two students to a nationally respected organization empowering students to end gender violence at high schools and colleges across the country. We maintain a one-stop-shop, information-rich website (this one!) and provide support to student survivor activists at more than 200 schools through regional bootcamps, online teach-ins, monthly newsletters, individual strategy consultation and implementation support, a suite of informational posters, graphics and stickers, and Know Your Rights Facebook “ads”. Our work and commentary is featured regularly in the national press, the White House attributed the creation of its 2014 Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault to our activism, and the U.S. Secretary of Education publicly thanked Know Your IX for demanding his attention — and the country’s. Politico Magazine recently named Know Your IX one of the 50 ideas transforming American politics in 2015.
Meet our team here.
To get started navigating the site, we encourage you to choose an option from the “I want to…” drop-down menu (also available on the homepage). If you’d like to get more involved with the campaign, check out “Spread the word” and sign up for the Know Your IX Action Team.
A few notes:
- We are not lawyers. On this site we share the knowledge we have gained from experts and utilized in our own activism, but we ask you to treat our resources here as a first step toward campus anti-violence legal knowledge. We cannot provide legal advice, and urge you to consult with an actual, real, trained lawyer before taking action.
- Most anti-violence activism and media coverage assumes a “default” survivor who is a white, straight, able-bodied, legally documented, wealthy cis woman. Know Your IX is dedicated to resisting this tendency and building a movement centered on the experiences of real survivors whose experiences with violence occur at the intersection of various forms of oppression. We have worked hard to approach all our resources — not just those specifically addressing the challenges faced by survivors from marginalized groups — with this conviction. However, we recognize that such work can veer into the reductive: for example, we have written about racism and homophobia faced by survivors, but these forces converge in different ways in different people’s lives based on their particular circumstances. The only way to combat this tendency is to include as many voices as possible through this platform. Toward this end, we encourage you to submit your own advice for viewers and any suggestions for our organizers to knowyourIX@gmail.com.
- This site is specifically focused on sexual violence, harassment, and abuse on U.S. college and university campuses and in high schools. But Title IX protects students at all levels of education and in a number of additional areas, including discrimination against pregnant students, female athletes, and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. For more information we encourage you to check out larger organizations like the ACLU and the National Women’s Law Center.
- We support the choices survivors make — whether or not to report, and to whom to report — and recognize that these choices are particularly difficult because our laws and communities offer a severely limited set of options for survivors. Given the tremendous flaws and violence of the criminal justice system, we celebrate Title IX’s potential to create effective anti-carceral responses to serious harms while recognizing that this promise has not yet been realized.
- We invite you to get in touch with us if you are unable to find the information you’re looking for on our site. However, we also ask that you be patient with us if we are unable to respond immediately — while this site was built with the writing, editing, and design help of dozens, the organization is managed by only three full-time staff. We promise we’ll do our best to get back with you as quickly as possible. Don’t think that a delay means your e-mail is unimportant to us.
- Know Your IX is and will always be a work in progress! We are still uploading resources, and will update the site as the law changes. If there is something you’d like to see on the site, let us know.
- Please share our resources in whatever ways you like. We just ask that you credit Know Your IX and our site (knowyourIX.org) when quoting, reprinting, etc. Go team!
A very special thanks to:
– Our contributors
Schuyler Daum, Pearl Bhatnagar, Emma Cohen, Hope Brinn, Ali Safran, Quitterie Gounot, Jasmine Lester, Dorothy Gray, Carolyn Luby, Swati Rayasam, Andrea Pino, Annie E. Clark, Amee Wurzburg, Maryum Jordan, Angie Epifano, Yana List, Sarah Tedesco, Amanda Wingle, Kate Orazem, Joe Breen, Alison Gover, Kumar Ramanathan, Miriam Hauser, Alex Flanagan, Molly Labell, Nusrat “Jerin” Arifa and many others who wished to remain anonymous
– Expert Guidance
Laura Dunn, Alison Kiss, S. Daniel Carter, Diane Rosenfeld, Devi Rao, Lara Kaufman, Fatima Goss-Graves, Anne Hedgepeth, Sandra Park
– Organizational Support
The IX Network, American Association of University Women, the Harvard Law School Gender Violence Clinic, the Clery Center for Security on Campus, the National Women’s Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, SurvJustice, Futures Without Violence, OSAC, SCAR, Circle of 6, One Billion Rising, Feministing
– Design and Development Team
Maya Bayer (web design and development), Steven Iskrant (web development), Chika Ota (social media design and development), Kaitlin Klose (video), Grace Needlman (video), Hana Bajramovic (graphic design)
– Our Generous Donors
Rino Turri, Maya Shwayder, Emily Musil Church, Wanda Genova, Megan Kratz, Mary Glanville, Jennifer Berenson, Liz Schutt, Anya Jabour, Sarah Gutman, Bruce Bishop, Candice Marshall, Linnsey Miller, Fiona Matthews, Michele Beaulieux, Vicky Plestis, Jessica Moldovan, Sari Forshner, Casey Hogle, Becca Savoy, Sarah Tomchesson, Marina Read Weiss, Sharon Ryals Tamm, Weiyi Guo, Katherine Howell, Trish Sperling, Craig Thiry, Elizabeth Brody, Jessica Marcrum, Matthew Kleist, Nancy Shoemaker, Evelyn Pino, Celia La, Matthew Lewis, Aimee King, Shreena Gandhi, Leslie Cavagnero, Wagatwe Wanjuki, Eryn Rosenblum, Lauren Hoerr, Bjorn Samuelsson, Jeremy Adler, Jeannine M James, Kerry Edinger Snodgrass, Amee Wurzburg, Yana List, Katrina Bossert, Jacqueline Feldman, Matthew D Fernald, Stephanie Ochoa, Alexandra Natale, Sharna Bremner, Anniella Klang Fält, Abigail Bereola, Shannon OLeary, Shannon Bergeron, Kenneth Reveiz, Simon Chaffetz, Rebecca Altes, Kumar Ramanathan, Jordan Laris Cohen, John A. Cargo, Ben Gerondale, Hope Brinn, Ezra Berger, Martha Stevens, Jerry Stevens, Suzanne Richiardone, Natassia Rodriguez, Nyamagaga Gondwe, Sarah Galos, Mindy, “The Miniskirt,” Marian Cieslak, Joseph K Carlsmith, Veronica Wells, Cate Domino, Laura Beth Nielsen, Josie Campbell, Aurelia Alston, Vicki Bolger, Jessica Ben Ami, Kelly Mirto, Roger Boudiette, Marena Groll, Tilton Kathryn, Charlotte Dye, Claire M Biggs, Andrea Calderwood, Jordan Calabrese, Megan Ybarra, Ariella Tabaac, and many more!
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