In a move that will have campus rapists and their advocates cheering, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has rescinded the Obama-era campus sexual assault policy. The notice of the move was signed by the odious Candice Jackson, and while Jackson, DeVos, and the Men’s Rights Activists she’s been consulting say that the Obama-era campus sexual assault guidelines were just too confusing, here’s what anti-rape activists have said about the now-rescinded “Dear Colleague” letter:
“A lot of this conversation arranged around the Dear Colleague Letter is that it’s a threat to the procedural rights of accused students,” [KnowYourIX co-founder Alexandra] Brodsky noted. “But actually the Dear Colleague Letter and Title IX provide more robust protections than are available under the U.S. Constitution.” [...]
[End Rape on Campus managing director Jess] Davidson said that when she was a college student going through the Title IX process, she was able to access the Dear Colleague Letter online and hold her university accountable.
“I was able to very easily find the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter online, highlight the sections that were not being followed in my proceeding, and take it to the Title IX office and say, ‘This is what you’re not doing and it’s wrong and I deserve a fairer process than this, in fact I’m guaranteed it under Title IX,’” she told HuffPost. “If we rescind the guidance it makes it harder for students to do that. It makes it harder for students to stand up for their own civil rights and to know their own civil rights.”
Just what Betsy DeVos and her sexual predator boss want, in other words.