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Title IX and Leadership

 

Me too.

 

In November I wrote a #MEtoo blog. I did not expect to bring the person who did me wrong to court, nor did I want him “brought to justice”. The time to prosecute him was over. But he needed a reminder that what he did was wrong and would not be forgotten.

 

As I look around at all the cases of mistreatment of women, some which have been brought to the forefront and news of late, I can’t help but wonder how these cases have been overlooked or actually didn’t carry any weight until numbers began to pile up.

 

Who flipped the first domino?

 

Was it because a famous starlet was calling out a famous man with no fear of recourse, that policy was finally being explored?

 

I think it was.

Money and fame talk.

 

But as more and more women have jumped on the bandwagon proclaiming themselves victims, they have collectively brought down a doctor-predator, a State Senator (or 2), heads of companies, many movie heroes and people in power.Powerful women are falling too.

 

When it comes to ESPN’s story about universities “blurring the lines” of protocol, who is really at fault for setting up Title IX procedures?

 

Has ESPN been looking into a handful of colleges and universities or will this have a blanket effect on all sports programs: high school through professional, in our country?

 

What do you think should happen now?

 

I was in college when Title IX was first put into law. I did a research paper on it and interviewed athletic directors around the area about its nuances. Their main concern was equity of the number of sports offered to both men and women. Sexual assault or harassment was not even on the radar then.

 

It begs the point of the immensity of Title IX as a law and makes me wonder if there isn’t too much lumped into this area.

 

Should legal infractions of any nature, especially sexual be within the realm of Title IX or should they be handled like every other citizen that commits a crime?

 

What background does a coach have in law?

 

Why do we think that coaches have time to deal with this type of thing?

 

Wrong is wrong.

 

Isn’t it just as wrong to steal a candy bar than a laptop? Both are crimes. Who determines the sentence?The scope and degree is determined not by the store owner but by the law and legal

enforcement.

 

Across the country, schools are scurrying to get in line with some methods of protocol.

 

How many will react differently to athletes that get involved in legal assaults.

 

Why is it even possible or worth it to  treat an athlete differently?

 

We all know that there is incredible pressure on sports programs, especially at the college level, to bring in revenue. I imagine coaches have much angst when addressing this issue. I will bet there is a case in every college level sport that has blurred this line

 

Why isn’t a clear law, outside of Title IX, put in place to take the onus off the athletic authorities and put it on the athlete?

No wiggle room.

Isn’t this what happens in real life?

Or is it?

 

At this time, it is this writer’s suggestion, to go back to square 1. Zero tolerance. Legal system handles any and all infractions.

 

Unfortunately, real life does not come with a “get out of jail free” card. No one, no matter who they are, should be above the law. I hope all are watching and changing policies as we navigate the business of viewing ALL students with gender equity. Every one of them.

 

Thanks for listening.

 

 

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