Virtual, Public Listening Sessions White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Kindly note, these calls will be off-the-record, and not intended for press purposes.

The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault is pleased to announce that they will be holding a series of virtual, public listening sessions in February.  The Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, in partnership with the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, will be hosting these sessions, and their colleagues from the White House, the Office of the Vice President, and the Agencies serving on the Task Force will also be participating.  We want you to join us!

Register for a listening session – click here.

NOTE: PAVE is collecting comments to submit to the TaskForce – please send to us by February 24, 2014 – email to:

The Task Force is looking for concrete and creative ideas about how schools can prevent sexual assault, and how they can better respond when it happens – both in terms of supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable.

February 12, 3:00-4:00 pm EST – Students and Survivors

February 13, 4:00-5:00 pm EST – Researchers and National Experts

February 14, 4:00-5:00 pm EST – Victim Advocates, Rape Crisis Center Staff, Victim Service Providers, including Campus-based and Community Programs

February 18, 2:00-3:00 pm EST – University, College, and Community College Administrators and Leaders

February 18, 4:00-5:00 pm EST – Alumni, Parents, and Other Campus Stakeholders

February 19, 3:00-4:00 pm EST – Civil Liberties

February 20, 7:00-8:00 pm EST – Students and Survivors

February 21, 4:00-5:00 pm EST – Campus Law Enforcement, Local Law Enforcement, Student Conduct Personnel, Campus Disciplinary/Judicial Boards, and Title IX Coordinators

February 25, 5:00-6:00 pm EST – Students and Survivors

February 26, 3:00-4:00 pm EST – Open Forum

The listening sessions are designed to allow as many people as possible to provide input.  They won’t be answering questions, but instead will be listening to you.  If you have questions, they will gather them for a future response.

They have three different Students and Survivors listening sessions, spread over three weeks, to accommodate the demand within the webinar capacity.  If you’re not a student or survivor, please don’t join this session – you might unintentionally block a student or survivor from participating.  If you are a student or survivor, they would appreciate you joining one of these three sessions.

Listening sessions will use the Adobe Connect webinar service, which allows participants to queue up to make verbal comments.  Participants can also type comments in a chat box.  We expect a large number of participants, so please plan to keep your remarks brief – about 3 minutes – so more people can have a turn to speak.

Streaming ASL interpretation is available upon request.  When you register for your choice of listening session, just select the ASL box.

Kindly note, these calls will be off-the-record, and not intended for press purposes.

Please keep an eye on OVW’s website,, in the coming weeks for any updates.  Don’t forget to register for the listening sessions at

PAVE is so grateful for a strong focus on these crucial issues!