Stop the attack on survivors’ rights in Missouri

Stop the attack on survivors’ rights in Missouri

A student was expelled for sexual misconduct from Washington University in Missouri– so his dad started a dark money lobbying group to upend Title IX in Missouri. The legislation they’ve proposed would let his son appeal his case to a board of judges where his mom sits.

Enter HB 573, that if passed would tip the scales in favor of respondents in Title IX cases. This bill is moving fast and we need your help to stop it! Take action now–tell legislators in Missouri to stop the attack on survivors’ rights and ensure a fair process for ALL students.

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"For some of us, our ideas of love and intimacy — whether they be romantic, platonic or for ourselves — are bound up with our experiences of abandonment and violence. We rarely knew a love that stayed. Or, the safe and stable kind. The tender, forgiving kind. The ask-you-what-you-need kind. The maya-angelou-liberation kind. Or the bell hooks kind, where your love —simply by existing — makes systems shake at their knees, and crumble. And so, even the potential of love — when we’re dating, engaging in self-love practices or deepening friendships — can be a complicated space. We find ourselves always in conversation with ghosts from our past relationships and selves, from our childhood and from our parents/caregivers, from the future-us we fear becoming. Ghosts that tell us we’re unworthy, undeserving and perpetually not enough. .
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