Dating violence who is responsible
The next wave of Title IX activism, researchers and activists say, will focus on how colleges investigate allegations of and provide resources to students in abusive relationships.And it’s going to be just as complicated and contentious.The two dated from fall 2011 into the following spring, when Ortiz told a friend that her boyfriend touched her and made her touch him when she didn’t want to. But it was also the only relationship Ortiz had ever known.It wasn’t until he broke up with her that summer that Ortiz confided in a mentor on campus.He did not respond to a request for comment from Buzz Feed News.
Activists have long felt frustrated that physical, emotional and psychological abuse is seen as secondary to sexual assault, unless a student is seriously injured or killed.
He ignored her and pressured her for months, she said, and often tried to take advantage of her when she was drunk or sleeping.
Sometimes, Ortiz said, she would wake up to him touching her while she had been unconscious.
Afterward, she still felt confused and upset, and asked the dean whether her decision to report was “too much.” The dean reassured Ortiz that it was the dean’s job to mediate “trouble” between students, according to the Title IX complaint Ortiz’s lawyer later filed against her school.
It wasn’t until Ortiz contacted that lawyer that she learned her civil rights may have been violated.“Now it’s clear to me that the dean thought what happened was just a dispute, and that I was just being a crazy ex-girlfriend,” Ortiz said.