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About "The Case for Title IX at Military Academies"
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law which, among other things, requires colleges to take action regarding sexual harassment and assault on their campuses. It’s been in the news a lot lately, as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently announced some reforms to curb some overzealous enforcement rules that the federal government was imposing. Those rules have no bearing on this plan, but you should be aware of them and the fact that they don’t change the inherency of this case. We released a Special Supplement on 9/26/17 that you should download to utilize in your round, just in case the issue comes up.
This case is about the fact that when Title IX was written, it specifically exempted the US military academies from its rules. In 1972, there were no female students admitted to the military academies. But since females were first admitted in 1976, harassment of women on campus has become a growing problem with repeated scandals coming out from time to time. Women who are brave enough to risk retaliation by reporting such incidents find it hard to get justice. Male students get the attitude that it’s OK to abuse women and enter their military careers thinking such behavior is acceptable, leading to detrimental effects on military morale and mission success, and creating even more victims later.
The academies and the military keep promising they are going to fix it internally, but nothing seems to change. Experts say the best remedy is to bring the academies under Title IX and use its disciplinary rules to finally root out offenders and protect women from abuse on campus.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Title IX deals with uncomfortable issues related to the depravity of humankind. We tried our best to walk the line of decency while crafting a case that deals with a significant problem in the status quo. If you feel there is an issue about Title IX that makes you feel uncomfortable, take time to talk with your parents and/or coach about them. It is unfortunate that we live in a world that needs to deal with crass and immoral issues, but these matters are important.
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Katherine Baker studied team-policy debate for five years before graduating, enjoying much success and qualifying for NITOC in various events. She loves working on debate and sharing her knowledge with others, most grateful for the life lessons speech and debate has taught her.