What is the Violence Against Women Act and how does it relate to Title IX?

To understand the Violence Against Women Act and how it relates to Title IX, it's best to have a brief understanding as to each. The Violence Against Women Act is a federal law that has expanded the rights of campus sexual assault survivors who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Title IX law, in part, is a federal law that's intended to prevent and address campus sexual misconduct. An accused student has limited rights to begin with. So a concern with the Violence Against Women Act is that the accused student, for example, if it's a male, has lesser rights yet or more concern that a case would be say vigorously and aggressively pursued by the school. Because of this concern, although Title IX may be well intended, there's an unfortunate dynamic behind Title IX. The complainant's interests are often aligned with the school's. The respondent's interests are often considered last if at all. An accused student needs to have an experienced attorney advisor in their corner from the start of the process to make certain that their rights are protected.

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