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 leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research 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 Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 866.488.7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org
Media Contact: Sheri Lunn, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement, The Trevor Project