Betsy DeVos’ civil rights chief Candice Jackson, got reamed for saying that 90 percent of campus rape claims are just hookups gone bad or bad drunken party nights.
Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said her remarks were “callous” or “insensitive.”
Jackson said that campus assault accusations either:
“…Fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”
Murray said that despite the apology from Jackson, the remarks:
“…Crossed a serious line and highlighted her clear biases in this area in a way that, to me and many women and men across the country, should disqualify her from service.”
Murray further said:
“In the three months she has been acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson’s words and actions have made it clear why Secretary DeVos has chosen to shield her from scrutiny by not formally nominating her for the position and therefore not giving people across the country an opportunity to hear her views on and plans for this critical office and its mission.”
“Despite her apology following a public outcry, Ms. Jackson’s callous, insensitive, and egregious comments regarding sexual assault on college campuses crossed a serious line and highlighted her clear biases in this area in a way that, to me and many women and men across the country, should disqualify her from service in the position of top Department of Education protector of students’ right to be safe at school. This was the final straw, but it is not my only concern. Since the day she got on the job, Ms. Jackson has worked to narrow the role of the office, back away from the progress made to protect transgender students, take away the tools and resources the Office for Civil Rights has to protect students, and move it away from its mission to ‘ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.’”
I agree. These remarks are incredibly insulting to rape survivors. Jackson should not be defending anyone’s civil rights.
This isn’t the worst thing Jackson has said. She once said she was discriminated against for being white.
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