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 …read more

Source:: Time – Politics

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