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Office of Inclusive Excellence

Diversity and Title IX

Victim-surviviors are in every walk of life. They can be people of color, LGBTQA, devoutly religious, have disabilities, speak English as a second language, come from working class communities or from intergenerational wealth. Sometimes identity makes it more challenging to report gender-based harassment and sexual misconduct.

Myths and stereotpyes can magnify the sexual vulnerability of poeple who have experienced discrimination becuase they may have had experiences that make them less trusting of institutions that are desgined to help survivors. Sometimes surviviors feel that they are betraying their community by reporting, or that their experience will be used to support more stereotyping and discrimination. Dealing with prejudices and 'isms' is difficult at times, but it is even more challenging when trying to recover from trauma.

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