Education Department Official Apologizes for Comments on Campus Sex Assaults

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Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is to give equal time to a "men's rights" group as it is to survivors of sexual assault on campus.

Beyond alcohol, Ms. Jackson also suggested in her remarks that 90 percent of cases involved a female student who "six months later" simply regretted a sexual experience - not a sexual assault. And Dunn cited the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Families Advocating for Campus Equality, who in her experience have made respectable arguments about federal and campus-based policy.

"Ninety minutes with a small group of survivors is nowhere near enough to understand gender violence in schools, or solutions to it", said Sejal Singh, a policy and advocacy coordinator for Know Your IX, an organization dedicated to ending sexual violence in schools. The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights now has hundreds of open sexual assault cases, the Times noted, with an average case taking 703 days to reach resolution, although the department is required to complete 80 percent of its investigations within just 180 days.

In 2013, former UM Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson was found not guilty of sexual intercourse without consent in Missoula County District Court.

In its most celebrated and provocative move, the Obama administration issued a "Dear Colleague" letter which outlined that standard and changed the evidentiary bar for finding that a sexual assault occurred and meting out discipline, such as suspension or expulsion.

The Obama administration had increased Title IX enforcement and schools' obligations to respond to campus sexual assault.

This means she will defer to Congress to interpret and implement Title IX, an anti-sex discrimination statute passed by Congress in the 1970s-but reinterpreted by the Obama administration in repeated circumventions of Congress's authority.

"If Secretary DeVos rolls back these protections, justice will not be possible", Sen.

The head of the department of education's office for civil rights, Candice Jackson, has organised the meetings, according to the New York Times.

"What we're trying to do is really put together a fair system that allows both parties to feel as though they were treated respectfully and that the outcome is reliable", Perry said. The guidance clarified protections for sexual assault survivors and required all schools to have procedures in place to handle and quickly investigate complaints.

"Acts of sexual violence are vastly under-reported", stated a fact sheet outlining the position of the department in 2011. She said instead that the department was "listening" and knew it "needed to get it right". SAVE in particular promotes a misleading focus on false rape claims, she said.

In a separate statement, Massachusetts State Attorney General Maura Healey said DeVos is actively working against what the office of the DOE stands for.

Jackson told the Times that the investigative process has not been "fairly balanced between the accusing victim and the accused student". "Knowing that survivors' voices are going to be heard, but they're not being heard as much as they should, was the inspiration to gather as many survivors as we could to write in a single unified voice". The guidance, he said, "definitely needs to be reexamined". In an email through his lawyer, the author said a campus disciplinary proceeding isn't a criminal trial, and it isn't supposed to resemble one.

And to add insult to injury, on Thursday, July 13, DeVos will be meeting with "men's rights activist" groups on the same day that she meets with survivors and advocates. "And the burden of proof applied to civil rights cases has always been a preponderance of the evidence". "Most of us are mothers".

DeVos went on to explain that the goal of the Department of Education is "to stop and reduce dramatically sexual harassment and assault while respecting due process and the rule of law".

"No student should be the victim of sexual assault", DeVos said. "We should expect no less from the Secretary of Education".

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