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What You Should Know About the Proposed Title IX Revisions 

New Title IX provisions went into effect on August 14, 2020, drastically reducing the protections the statute provided to prevent sexual harassment and assault despite overwhelming evidence that sexual assaults on campus are at epidemic levels.  Here is what you need to know about the recent changes and what to expect on campuses starting in the fall of 2020. 

In 2017, Secretary Betsy Devos, at the helm of the Department of Education (DOE), rescinded the previous administration’s 2011 guidance on Title IX, also known as the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), with the promise that revisions for the legislation would be released soon. 

Back to School with COVID-19 

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It’s no doubt that 2020 has been one of the strangest years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a parent, it is totally normal to feel stressed out as the back-to-school season approaches. I’m sure you’re wondering: how can I let my kid go back to school safely? Furthermore, how can I let my kid go back to school and still have fun during the pandemic?  

Depending on the number of cases in your state, some schools are 100% online for the first semester while others are fully back in-person. Regardless of the situation, there are many ways to help your child understand safety measures as they transition back to school. Remember you are not alone during this crazy time and listen to your parental instincts to do whatever makes you feel safe! Below are listed a few tips to help your kids go back to school safely.  

Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School 

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.  All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX.  Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. 

Below is additional information regarding the specific requirements of Title IX as they pertain to sexual harassment and sexual violence. 

What Is Sexual Assault? 

The term “sexual violence” encompasses sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape. In Massachusetts, sexual assault is defined as any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive.  Rape is defined as Sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a person, by force and against his will, or by the threat of bodily injury.  Sexual intercourse and unnatural intercourse include, by definition, the penetration of any bodily orifice by any object. 

On average, sexual assault occurs every 73 seconds in America. 

Want to Make Sure Your Voice is Heard in the Upcoming Elections? 

Here’s How to Make Sure It Is 

The state’s Primary Elections and the United States General Election are fast approaching.  At the KJC Law Firm, LLC, we strongly believe that every single voice – and every single vote – counts, so if you’d like your voice heard in the upcoming elections, then here’s some helpful tips and information to make sure that happens. 

How to Avoid Potentially Dangerous Products: FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizer

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While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, consumers feel the added pressures to take any/all preventative measures. According to health experts, one of the most effective preventative measures to practice is washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds. With so many of us commuting to work, going to the grocery store, or taking care of families, twenty seconds at the sink is sometimes impossible. If you’re on the go and need a quick sanitation method, hand sanitizer is an effective way to quickly clean your hands.

How to Determine Safe Products

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Today, traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. While some cases of TBI are obvious to the patient and their caretaker, other cases of TBI are more complicated and develop over time. So, how do you know if you or a loved one may have suffered a TBI?

Nine Most Common Physical Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI):

  1. Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes

Expectant Mothers In the Workforce during COVID-19

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While the Coronavirus Pandemic is challenging for us all, expecting mothers find themselves in a uniquely difficult position. Pregnancy is enough to make any woman nervous; pregnancy in the midst of a pandemic while being pressured to work in a potentially dangerous workplace is another thing altogether.

Although mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, there are still legitimate risks for women and their future children. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should take the following steps to reduce their risk of infection:

TBI: Tips for a Successful Recovery

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  1. Find doctors that you trust and follow sound advice.

This seems like obvious advice but, some doctors know more about TBI than others. As explained in the blog, Who You Treat With Can Make All The Difference, there’s a striking difference in the quality of care provided to TBI and MBTI patients at different hospitals and by different doctors. There are some very good institutions in the Massachusetts area such as: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital. On the other hand, some institutions have been known to misdiagnose, under-treat, or ignore patients’ symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury. Where you seek treatment is a huge determining factor in your recovery so, do not rush this decision. Do your research, talk to previous/current patients, and utilize all your resources before you make a decision for yourself or for a loved one.

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