Education

Betsy DeVos Thinks Rapists and Corrupt School Officials are the Real Victims

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at George Mason University this morning where she announced that her office will rescind Obama-era guidelines on Title IX enforcement.

The guidelines issued by the Obama administration that require schools to investigate claims of sexual assault are too burdensome on the accused, DeVos said, and they will be replaced with... something.

The Trump administration will revamp the guidance through a rulemaking process that likely will take months, DeVos said during a speech at George Mason University in which she blasted the current guidance as unfair to those accused of sexual assault or harassment. She said the administration will give all sides a chance to offer opinions on how it should move forward, but the decision is expected to be slammed by advocates for victims of sexual assault, Democrats and some state officials.

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DeVos says schools are committing discrimination if they fail to take seriously a student who reports sexual misconduct.

And she says those that use “a system biased toward finding a student responsible for sexual misconduct” also are committing discrimination.

DeVos suggests that the definition of sexual assault is too broad and that too many cases involve student and faculty “simply for speaking their minds or teaching their classes.”

I honestly have no idea what she is talking about and, from what I gather, no one else does either. No one has been accused of sexual assault, much less convicted, for... "teaching their classes." What the hell is that?

In any case, the message is clear. The Trump Department of Education and the Justice Department won't take Title IX enforcement seriously, if they take it at all.

There have been many high-profile cases in recent years, with Baylor being a particularly astonishing case, of school officials systematically covering up or refusing to investigate serious accusations of rape and sexual assault. Fraudulent accusations are very rare and prosecution of perpetrators is even more rare than that.

The overwhelming majority of sexual assaults in America go unreported and are never even investigated or prosecuted. Even with those statistics in mind, Betsy DeVos believes our woefully inadequate policies are still too hard on the accused and the officials who cover for them.

  • mnpollio

    NEWSFLASH: Betsy DeVos doesn’t know what the hell she is doing. Actually, that is less a newsflash than a state of mind for her. But let’s face it – she knows exactly what is up here. She is an uber-Christian woman who revels in misogyny and is working her ass off trying to prop up every toxic male meme that she can.

  • muselet

    I …

    But …

    That’s …

    What the actual …?

    Oh, sweet mother of pearl, Betsy DeVos is a chowderhead.

    No wonder Donald Trump wanted her in his cabinet.

    –alopecia

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Never forget that Trump has no idea what he is doing and I highly doubt he even knows what Title IX is or, shit, even who Betsy DeVos was until Bannon told him to pick her. He wants to undue everything Obama did because Trump thinks this is some sort of a game and he is still fuming over the inauguration crowd comparison. His pettiness knows no bounds which is why the Dreamers are in big trouble. He’s trying to pass the buck on that one but you can be sure someone in his inner circle will convince him that Obama would hate nothing more than to see the Dreamers deported and that will be that.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    Well, there was this case where students accused a prof of sexual discrimination due to an article she wrote -Kipnis was later cleared of the charges.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/29/laura_kipnis_title_ix_investigation_feminism_political_correctness_controversy.html

    • Ceoltoir

      No one like those who are apologists for evil. Please stop being an apologist for evil.

  • Badgerite

    “Teaching classes”? It sounds like Betsy Devos has confused the issue of sexual assault with the issue of academic freedom to teach what is the curriculum without regard to student sensitivities. (See “trigger warnings” and what not.)
    The issues are not really connected at all. One has to do with a violation of law and physical assault on an individual.
    The other has to do with policies advocated for by some students themselves and/or adopted by some educational establishments as to what kind of environment they want to provide to incoming students and whether some of the guidelines that students want adopted are so politically correct and overly sensitive that they violate the basic mission of the institution which is to teach what is true about the subject at hand whether it is upsetting or not and to provide an open forum for discussions. No Title IX guideline that I have ever heard about has ever said anything about “trigger warnings” or whatnot. There are no Title IX guidelines I have ever heard about that stifle academic inquiry or the mission of teaching. But then, this is Betsy Devos we are talking about. If we recall, her performance and display of knowledge in her confirmation hearings was…….. not impressive.

    • Not confused. She knows what she’s doing. Which makes it evil.

      • Badgerite

        Difficult to say with her.

      • notanncoulter

        with these people that are now running our country, it really it not clear, at least with many of them, if they are not just stupid. i refer to rick ‘smart glasses’ perry mansplaining supply and demand exactly 180 degrees wrong.
        see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor

  • ninjaf

    Not at all surprising, considering she was nominated by a man who was himself accused of sexual misconduct by more than one woman and admitted to sexually assaulting women because, as a D-List celebrity, he was entitled to do so.

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