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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2017

Megan Cassidy, Communications Associate
Wellesley Centers for Women
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Not Just on College Campuses: Sexual Violence and Title IX in K-12 Schools

Wellesley College research team to share findings from their two-year journey to dig deeper into Office for Civil Rights complaints about sexual violence in K-12 schools.

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Just as Title IX sexual violence complaints filed by college students grow monthly, so do complaints filed against K-12 school districts. As of January 4, 2017, 124 sexual violence complaints were under investigation at 110 elementary and secondary institutions, according to Nan Stein, Ed.D., a senior research scientists at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Stein will be joined by Suzanne Schwartz, Esq. and Meredith Clark to discuss this issue in the presentation, “Not Just on College Campuses: Sexual Violence and Title IX in K-12 Schools. Our two-year journey to dig deeper into OCR complaints,” on Thursday, April 27, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Cheever House, 828 Washington St, Wellesley. This program is part of the spring Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College.

This conversation with a senior research scientist (Stein), a lawyer (Schwartz), and a senior Wellesley College student researcher (Clark) is a “work in progress.” Their research journey began in December 2014 when they filed their first Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), requesting information about sexual violence complaints filed against K-12 schools. The presenters will share insights derived from their labyrinth-like quest for information and provide lessons to school employees, students, and families to address and mitigate sexual violence.

Nan Stein, Ed.D. is a senior research scientist at WCW, where she directs several national research projects on sexual harassment, gender violence, and bullying in schools. She frequently gives lectures, keynote addresses, and training to school personnel, and serves as an expert witness in lawsuits on sexual harassment and child sexual abuse in K-12 schools.

Suzanne Schwartz, Esq. is currently working with Stein to analyze data and form policy insights regarding the nature and severity of sexual violence cases in K-12 schools. Before teaming up with Stein, Schwartz worked as a litigation attorney as well as a victim advocate and conducted research on educational civil rights and bullying law. In her research, she looks at these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective working with educators, parents, academic researchers, and attorneys.

Meredith Clark is a senior psychology major, education studies minor at Wellesley College. As a queer, Asian American, transnational adoptee, Clark is active in the Asian, LGBTQ, and Catholic communities at Wellesley and beyond. Clark currently researches sexual violence in schools at WCW and the psychological effects of body cameras through the Wellesley College psychology department. Her commitment to service integrates the complex facets of her identity as a queer, religious, Chinese-born woman of color.

The Lunchtime Seminar Series at WCW is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.


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