Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos thinks that the regulations put in place to help those sexually assaulted on campuses are weighted in favor of those who are accused of rape. In a speech, yesterday at George Mason University’s Law School in Arlington, Virginia, Devos focused on the instances where men were falsely accused of rape as if it were equal to the number of rapes and the trauma that millions of young women go through on college campuses around the nation. It is a dangerous false equivalency.
It is estimated, on the low end that 90% of rapes reported actually happen and that many go unreported. For DeVos to suggest that the process put in place by Title IX was similar to kangaroo courts and that the rights of the accused were being violated in the same way that women who were raped were is ludicrous.
The response to her speech has been deafening. Among them, according to The Huffington Post, is Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of feminist organization UltraViolet released the following statement:
There are no two sides when it comes to rape. Period. With sexual assaults routinely going unreported, un-investigated and unpunished, the scales are already heavily tipped in the favor of rapists. The idea that we need to focus more on the rights of the accused would be laughable if it weren’t so terrifying and outright dangerous.
DeVos is not qualified to be Secretary of Education. She does not have the professional background or depth of knowledge to address or adjudicate these issues. Her pro-right, pro-Christian, pro-corporate agenda is plain to see. Her goals have nothing to do with what is best for kids and young adults. If it were she would never have accepted the job.