Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, standing alongside education and community leaders, said he will do everything in his power to prevent the proposed changes to Title IX, a federal sex discrimination law, from taking effect.

At a press conference in City Hall Wednesday, Walsh discussed the proposed changes to Title IX policy by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the effect it would have on students seeking to report sexual assault on college campuses.

“This proposal to change Title IX would be devastating to survivors of sexual assault and make it even harder for survivors to get the help they need,” Walsh said. “It would force them to endure more severe instances of assault before schools intervene and create a division between young people and their education.”

The mayor said that as a feminist it was his duty to speak out.

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