Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) called for the immediate firing of the new head of the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office, Candice Jackson, after Jackson made callous and flippant remarks about rape on campus, reports Nicole Knight.
Jackson told the New York Times that “90 percent” of campus sexual-assault claims “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.’”
Sen. Murray is the ranking Democrat on a key Education Department oversight committee, and in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Murray made it clear that Jackson’s “insensitive and egregious comments” showed extreme bias and therefore disqualified her from leading the office that investigates campus sexual assault,” says Rewire. Murray added that Jackson’s remarks “suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of campus sexual assault” and that her office was not prepared to take survivors’ accounts seriously.
Jackson also called the women who accused President Trump of sexual assault during the 2016 presidential election “fake victims.”
Just last week, according to Politico,.Devos told Murray in a letter that she thought the Civil Rights Office needed to be more “neutral.”