Betsy DeVos Will Meet With ‘Men’s Rights’ Activists to Consider Ending Obama’s Campus Rape Reforms

Perhaps one of the most underappreciated achievements of President Obama’s administration was the push to hold institutions of higher education accountable for addressing the serious issue of sexual assault on campus.

In addition to launching a public awareness campaign, the Department of Education under Obama opened investigations into the possible mishandling of sexual assault allegations in almost 250 schools, thanks to a restructuring of Title IX.

With Betsy DeVos now helming the Department of Education under President Trump, it appears likely that she will reverse course on these actions soon. In fact, DeVos has scheduled meetings with several groups this week to discuss Title IX.

Some assault survivor advocates worry that these meetings will have little bearing on DeVos’ final policy decisions, however.

The Department of Education’s attitude toward campus sexual assault was made rather plain following a recent remark from Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights.

In an interview for The New York Times, Jackson made the unfounded assertion that “90 percent” of campus rape accusations were merely the result of both parties being drunk and the female accuser deciding the encounter “was not quite right.” After facing a backlash for the comment, Jackson apologized and admitted she had been “flippant.”

Now Sec. DeVos is meeting with groups that share a similar view, one of which is the National Coalition for Men. The NCFM is one of the largest and oldest so-called “men’s rights” activist groups in the United States. Included among its stated goals is a disavowal of the notion that women are oppressed by systemic patriarchy. If anything, the group states, men are victimized by laws that punish them more harshly than women.

The National Coalition for Men has been termed “misogynistic” by critic, having earned such a reputation for threatening suits – or actually filing them — against businesses that hold ladies’ nights, for example. In one case, a California strip club was taken to court by the group for this precise reason. It is hard to take an organization that engages in such trolling as legitimate.

With this in mind, you might be able to guess how the National Coalition for Men views Obama’s Title IX changes — not too favorably.

The NCFM will participate in the second of DeVos’ three planned sessions this week on Title IX. This discussion will focus on those who have been falsely accused of sexual assault; the first will consist of survivor advocates; the third with educational representatives, as well as experts. Each meeting will last a mere 90 minutes.

Survivor advocates find this arrangement highly unsatisfying — and for good reason. Even though there is no real proof that the majority — or even a sizable number — of assault accusations are false, groups on both sides of the issue are being granted equal time with DeVos.

In other words, the survivors, who are affected more often,  and the falsely accused will be treated as equally legitimate.

If DeVos gets her way and Title IX is softened, survivors of sexual assault on America’s campuses will once again have to stay in the dark and face sitting in class next to their assailants or dropping out. In what reality is this outcome acceptable?

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

131 comments

Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline17 hours ago

@ Susan T: could you provide the study from U of Arizona?

Here's the thing, there is no "Rape Epidemic" in the US. There are rape epidemics in several actually Patriarchal countries. The fact that rape has declined (I'd like to read the paper first) almost 2/3 since 1995 shows that.

In any case, the issue with Title IX is that it has done nothing but spawn false allegations that have ruined the lives of many young men, almost all due to spurned, rejected, embarrassed, indoctrinated (had bad sex? that's rape!), women

Read up on Mattress Girl from Columbia and how even after Columbia and the Police found no evidence, the male in questioned was still vilified and Mattress girl and her friends WITH HELP FROM COLUMBIA, continued to accuse the man of "being a rapist" and stated such at campus activities, sponsored by the campus
(which did NOTHING to rebuke the charges) That is what Title IX has done.

I'll let the ladies from Canada explain it far better. They also have links to see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKJp2FGjoQc&t=273s

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Susan T
Susan T17 hours ago

Hey Frank - I agree with you that even one person being wrongfully convicted, of ANY crime, is a serious tragedy.

The Innocence Project works almost exclusively w/DNA. If you scan their cases, you'll see they have twice as many rape exonerations as murder, & if you look at the murder ones many are rape/murder. DNA is an extremely useful tool in rape cases. Back to stats on the Registry of Exonerations - the overall number of exonerations for DNA is significantly less than for other evidence, as is the number for murder vs rape.

In 2015 a record number of people were exonerated, with 40% being for homicide.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-exonerations-wrongful-convictions-20160202-story.html

Re: the BOJ stats that rape went down 65% in a decade - not significant bec so did the overall violent crime rate. AND:

“The rate of rape has stopped declining, while the rate of other violent crimes has continued to decline,” said Mary P. Koss, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona.

Overall, violent crime has fallen by 65 percent since 1993, from 16.8 million to 5.8 million in 2011. The drop has been attributed by experts to a variety of factors – from better policing to a reduction in the segment of the population that is most crime prone, ages 15 to 24. Koss says some of the same factors explain the stabilizing trend in rapes and sexu

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Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline19 hours ago

@ Rachel: Marija is targeting people with name calling. That is why her post was deleted and should be again until she understands that calling people names, especially when you read other things she rights on just how "intimidating is is to be called out" when she or her friends are called out.

As for C2C "censorship, trust me, it is very robust for those who are not "in the coffee club". Rainbow, a real American indigenous person, was banned. Then again, he was stating more conservative viewpoints.

Tell me, if I were to call one person you like a "Marxist butcher", would you like it? The term Patriarchy in the west does not apply, but the connotations associated with it can damage people's reputation and "poison the well". IE, anything I say, as per her calling me such can be ignored as I'm just what she called me, which I'm not, but she doesn't care. She slid the venomous blade in anyways

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Rachel -
Rachel -20 hours ago

Marija K., It's unfortunate you had to rewrite your comment. We don't always agree, but deleting posts is straight up wrong. Hey care2 people! You already know your own opinions; if you don't want to hear others, don't have a comment section. I urge everyone to post if their comments get deleted, that way those of us who oppose censorship can gauge when it's time to give up viewing care2.

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Lisa V
Lisa V1 days ago

She hasnever been a victim

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Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline2 days ago

Annabel: If you wish to converse with me, please feel free

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini3 days ago

Frank H
OK, sorry, you were rightly keeping the discussion in the bounds of the theme of the article, I was straying far afield. I'll bow out!

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Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline3 days ago

@ Susan T: Well, It still statnds that 7% of Rape Allegations are shown to be false. As too the "false imprisonment", that is what happens to men who don't accept plea deals. I accept the fact that Rape may not be the #1 for the Innocent Commission. Still how'd you like it if your father, brother, husband, son, even good friend went to jail for it? If 1 rape is too many, and it most certainly is, is not false rape accusations?

Also, the Innocent Commission seems to think that there are a lot of men imprisoned falsely on rape charges:

https://www.innocenceproject.org/cases/

Any thoughts on the idea that "1 in 4 females who go to college are raped"? That is a lie.

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Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline3 days ago

Annabel - The Title XI is fixated on rape and sexual assault. That is what the Men's Right's Groups are trying to get rid of in colleges. The Kangaroo Courts of Title XI are doing that to oung men and ruining their lives.

As for "dwelling on rape", any thoughts of the person going out of their way to slander me with false allegations?

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Susan T
Susan T3 days ago

Frank " Susan - Thank you for http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/graphs.aspx

I see Sexual Assault, no rape unless the two are interchangeable. Also, many of the murders and murder/rape but murder is the predominate crime. The state I live the last exhortations were rape/murder"

Generally sexual assault includes rape, although there might be some cases that didn't go to a full rape. Please post a link to data to support your jump from a couple of exonerations you read about that were murder/rape and your statement that "many" exonerations for murder are actually for murder/rape. If you read thru cases at the Innocence Project that does not support your assertion.

Frank "Susan - your idea of "Stats from the Bureau of Statistics are weak", please tell me, where do I need to go? The statistics are from across the country. What do you propose?"

I gave you an excellent site that tracks actual exonerations. There's a lot of other information there too, like stats on exonerations from DNA, which is often, though not always, rape cases. http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/Exoneration-by-Year.aspx
Please note there are many more exonerations thru non DNA evidence than thru DNA.

It's bit ridiculous to cite a few cases that have been in the headlines over the last 5 years and draw a conclusion that mass numbers of men are being falsely accused of rape. Granted anyone being falsely ac

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