For the last 40 years, we have heralded the incredible changes Title IX has been the catalyst for in sports. But what many people may not know is that Title IX also applies to the handling of sexual assault cases on college campuses, and a rash of recent federal investigations has brought the law and its applications into the media spotlight.
Last year, Women’s Sports Foundation Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, shared in a blog from our SHENetwork.org that there is no statute protecting Olympic athletes from coach or peer sexual harassment or assault. Hogshead-Makar also expressed that tort law has proven to be inadequate in protecting these victims of sexual harassment or assault because many National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have structured their insurance agreements to make them effectively judgment-proof. Because of this lack of protection, the Women’s Sports Foundation provided expert council to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and called for additional protections to its by-laws.