The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on LGBTQ youth, today called on the Trump Administration to protect the safety and civil rights of LGBTQ students after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to weaken Obama-era Title IX guidance on how schools and universities handle allegations of sexual assault.
The following statement is from Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley:
“The Department of Education needs to protect all students in schools and ensure they are safe. Any proposed changes to weaken Title IX will harm LGBTQ students by putting them at increased risk of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
We know that transgender and gender non-conforming college student are more likely to be sexually assaulted than their peers. And we know that sexual assault survivors are at greater risk of attempting suicide. So we call on the Department of Education to do everything it can to defend Title IX and protect LGBTQ students from sexual harassment and violence.”
The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.
Media Contact: Sheri Lunn, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement, The Trevor Project