“Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

“Unless you’re a drunk slut, which is extremely likely if you’re pursuing a Title IX claim.”

The Education Department’s top civil rights official’s “flippant” remarks are raising questions about the government’s commitment to fighting campus sexual violence, even as she issued her second apology in as many days for attributing 90 percent of sexual assault claims to both parties being drunk.

Candice Jackson, assistant secretary for civil rights, told victims of sexual assault meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday that she was sorry for her remarks…

… In most investigations, Jackson told the newspaper, there’s “not even an accusation that these accused students overrode the will of a young woman.”

“Rather, the accusations — 90 percent of them — 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,’” Jackson is quoted as saying in an interview.

In her apology on Wednesday night, Jackson said, “What I said was flippant, and I am sorry.” She sought to issue reassurances that both she and the department believe “all sexual harassment and sexual assault must be taken seriously.”

Hey, if I’m a young coed, you’ll have to cut me a little slack if I’m not totally reassured, Candace.

Is it any wonder why places like Baylor felt comfortable turning a blind eye for so many years?

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23 responses to ““Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

  1. President of the United States

    I just grab ’em by the pussy.

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  2. MGW

    Presuming she was stating a fact, wouldn’t it make the 10% be taken more seriously if it weren’t for the 90%? And if you were the person in charge of these investigations, wouldn’t that frustrate the hell out of you?

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    • Presuming she was stating a fact…

      You think that’s what she was doing? Then, why apologize?

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      • MGW

        Probably based more on anecdotal evidence from personal experience than on hard data, but yes I do think thats what she was doing. She apologized for being flippant about it, not for being wrong. Really she’s trying not to get fired based on a media firestorm.

        This is an issue in the spotlight right now, and the media has taken the stance that if your argument is anything short of “everyone accused of rape is guilty,” you’re a monster. To that end, see the NWLC’s comment that they need to …”work to counter those sorts of rape myths. They need to explicitly reject them.” I’m sure she will lose her job, because someone higher up than her will be trying to keep theirs. I have no idea how good or bad she is at her job (except as to PR… she’s bad at that), but in the modern era, none of that matters once you’ve got a good sound bite. Hence, the apology.

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        • MGW

          I mean she’s basing it on her own personal experience, as investigator.

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            • MGW

              Ok so she’s a wacky political hire. Never mind.

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              • DawgPhan

                yeah she has basically made a career out of being a gay woman willing to exploit sexual assault. It’s a weird niche she has decided to fill, but clearly people are happy to have her around as a token.

                She calls herself a sexual assault survivor, but then says 90% of those people are liars. She works with women who have accused the Clinton’s of sexual impropriety, but calls women who accuse trump “fake victims”

                She has created a really weird spot for herself in this world.

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        • Walt

          “the media has taken the stance that if your argument is anything short of “everyone accused of rape is guilty,” you’re a monster.”

          Is this comment based on hard data or personal personal experience? I ask this question seriously because if I get my news from Rachel Maddow vs. Sean Hannity, or vice versa, then I’m getting very different viewpoints.

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      • Ant123

        You think she would be the first person to apologize even when correct, (I’m not saying she is because I haven’t seen the stats if there are any) when the politically correct media circus begins?

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      If you’re getting a round number like 90%, at best, it’s an estimate, at worst, it’s speculation. Either way, you should disregard it.

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  3. Ben

    I’d like to blame this on Trump and DeVos, but I think it’s more about what we think about women in this country in general.

    It’s a pretty sad place to be.

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  4. HVL Dawg

    Trump and Devos are brought to you by what we think about……

    It’s a pretty sad place to be.

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  5. DoubleDawg1318

    It does seem like alcohol is a regular presence in these cases but how in the world do you just totally blow off sexual assault like that assistant did? I do however think colleges have no business handling these cases. That should go directly to law enforcement since there’s too much of a conflict of interest for the college to be an honest arbiter.

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  6. Silver Creek Dawg

    I don’t know whether her “stats” are accurate or not, but to me, the bigger concern is the unabashed violations of the accused’s due process rights by schools during their “investigations”.

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  7. 69Dawg

    This would not be a problem if the guys would just get those consent forms signed before having sex. Damn guys can’t even keep it in their pants long enough for the lawyers to save them.

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  8. John

    The problem with Title IX right now is balance. UVA and Columbia, to use recent examples, settled lawsuits by people accused of sexual assault who filed suit because the title IX “process” at many institutions is fundamentally unfair to anyone accused. On the other side of that fence is schools that do nothing or in Baylor case are biased against the accuser.

    This demonstrates the fundamental problem with Title IX as it relates to sexual assault: it requires Universities to take up the investigative roll of law enforcement and the judicial roll of juries and judges. Universities are poorly equipped to perform those tasks and as a result often perform them with bias.

    The legal process needs to be left to the Courts and law enforcement. Will it fix the problem? No. Will it be better than the current system? Yes.

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  9. DawgPhan

    but even if her assertion is correct. that 90% accusations are ex-gfs that are worried about the conditions under which they had sexual contact with their ex-boyfriend, there is still nothing there to say that those 90% of accusations are not sexual assaults.

    The time that pasted is irrelevant, the fact that they were in a relationship previously is irrelevant, the fact that they had consensual sex previously is irrelevant. Even agreeing to start a consensual sexual encounter doesnt stop either party from changing their mind and that encounter becoming an assault. If anyone feels like the context of a previous sexual encounter feels questionable to either party, they should get to have that investigated properly.

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  10. John

    A positive side effect of removing these investigations from the University/Title IX officials is that political appointees won’t be in charge of it anymore.

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  11. Snoop Dawgy Dawg

    Senator, while her remark appears flippant, the whole title IX/campus rape culture thing is such a fact-less, unsupported witch hunt, in general, that I am severely pained to give anyone that supports gifting more power and authority to universities to adjudicate these matters the benefit of the doubt. The “campus rape culture” percentage of 1 in 4, or 1 in 5, women are sexually assaulted during their time in college is so laughably absurd by any metric, that any argument for a change in policy that is informed by that is irresponsible. if 20-25% of women attending college are assaulted during their time in college, at UGA alone, that means 3-4000 women will be assaulted over a 4 year period. That’s simply absurd.

    The current Title IX policies give a defendants no opportunity to defend themselves using any commonly understood definition of legal defense, with decision making responsibility taken on by University employees. Sexual assault is a horrible action. Putting it into a university kangaroo court cheapens the charge and cheapens the responsibility to do justice for actual victims.

    If someone claims to have been raped, the cops need to be engaged, not campus administrators. If an investigation takes place, it needs to be the people who are tasked and trained for this. If a trial is to take place, the defenses outlined through our court system ought to apply. The accusation of rape is far to serious a matter to be left to anything less.

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    • At the risk of sounding flippant myself, your proposed solution worked really well in Tallahassee.

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      • John

        Not what the FSU example proves. Its not like the FSU Title IX office rode to the rescue and secured justice where law enforcement failed. FSU is on the Baylor side of the Title IX line. That does justify or explain why a Title IX system that discounts any notion of rights or process for people accused is a good idea.

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