Senator Wants Education Official Fired After ‘Egregious’ Campus Sexual Assault Remark

Senator Wants Education Official Fired After ‘Egregious’ Campus Sexual Assault Remark

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Monday called on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to fire Candice Jackson, an education official who caused a stir last week when she said that 90% of campus sexual assault accusations “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk.’”

Jackson, acting head of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights made the comments in an interview with the New York Times ahead of DeVos’ meetings with various advocacy groups on the topic of campus sexual assault. Jackson later apologized for the “flippant” comments. “All sexual harassment and sexual assault must be taken seriously—which has always been my position and will always be the position of this Department,” Jackson said.

But Murray — a Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee — on Monday called the remarks the “final straw” for Jackson.

“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,” Murray said in a statement.

She also criticized the department’s decision to roll back protections for transgender students that allowed them to access bathrooms that aligned with their gender identity. Representatives for the Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

“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 hear her views on and plans for this critical office and its mission,” Murray said in her statement.


via TIME

July 17, 2017 at 06:37PM


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