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Dept Of Education criticizes Biden’s promise to reverse due process rules for campus sexual assault

Mary Margaret Olohan on May 7, 2020

The Department of Education pushed back on 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s promise to reverse due process rules for campus sexual assault on Thursday.

The former vice president, who faces sexual assault allegations by his former Senate staffer Tara Reade, promised Wednesday to reverse Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s Title IX protections for those accused of sexual assault on college campuses. The protections are the Trump administration’s effort to “shame and silence” sexual assault victims, he added in a statement.

Press Secretary of the Department of Education Angela Morabito told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday that the rule combats Obama-era rules that prohibited due process.

“This Title IX rule explicitly protects survivors and restores due process for all students,” Morabito said. “The previous administration allowed schools to treat accused students as ‘guilty until proven innocent.’”

The rule lets colleges “off the hook for protecting students” by allowing colleges to investigate “in a way that dissuades survivors from coming forward,” Biden said Wednesday.

“Survivors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced,” he added. “Today, Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump published a rule that flies in the face of that belief and guarantees that college campuses will be less safe for our nation’s young people.”

Reade has accused Biden of kissing her, touching her and penetrating her with his fingers without her consent.

The rule seeks to provide due process to those accused of sexual assault by narrowing the definition of sexual harassment, requiring schools to produce evidence and allowing the cross-examination of students alleging sexual assault, according to The Hill.

“Too many students have lost access to their education because their school inadequately responded when a student filed a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual assault,” DeVos said in a statement, according to The Hill.

She added: “This new regulation requires schools to act in meaningful ways to support survivors of sexual misconduct, without sacrificing important safeguards to ensure a fair and transparent process. We can and must continue to fight sexual misconduct in our nation’s schools, and this rule makes certain that fight continues.”

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  1. Elio Madan May 7, 2020

    Biden has some nerve in even bring up a comment on sexual harassment. He needs to go home and put on his diaper and eat apple sauce/

  2. HadEnough May 7, 2020

    The Dems have never been fans of due process. Their interest has only been self-serving as opposed to a commiment to the law. Look at Mueller 1.0, the shampeachment, the Kavanaugn confurmation hearings, and the Michael Flynn prosecution. I see words about Biden having due process, but they want alleged rapists on campus to be denied the same due process. Disgusting.

  3. Sheryl May 7, 2020

    Is Creepy Quid Pro serious??? HE is facing sexual assault allegations. I realize the statute of limitations has passed, but he denies it as his sheeple claim it didn’t happen. What about Tara Reade, Mr. Quid Pro? Shouldn’t she be believed. This man is absolutely clueless.

  4. Don Baker May 7, 2020

    Schools were losing lawsuits to these students who were denied due process. They should also sue those women making those false allegations, totally destroy their financial ability to attend school.

  5. H.D. May 7, 2020

    IF Democrats didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all.

  6. Gerald Cline May 7, 2020

    What a hypocrite…!!!!

  7. jboo7 May 8, 2020

    The Obama rule was “In doubt – better not having any!” whereas the rules in proper Justice are ‘In Dubio PRO REO’ i.e. IN FAVOR of the accused. This rule goes back to the first Code of Law we know: The Code of Hamurapi”, king of Sumeria around 2000 BC – and he decreed that “An accuser who cannot prove his accusation shall receive the same punishment as the accused, if found guilty!”
    That is a splendid Law and should be re-introduced to prevent frivolous mis-uses of Law and Feminist Power.
    Remember what the Prosecutor for sexual crimes in Manhattan said, in the 70ies: “Of all rapes brought to us, 50% never happened!”
    This prosecutor was a woman!

  8. jboo7 May 8, 2020

    Interesting! My comment was erased! – It must be good!
    The Obama rule about accusations and doubt seems to be: ‘DOUBT – WHAT’s THAT?’
    The old principles of Justice, however, say “IN DUBIO PRO REO” – ‘in doubt, IN FAVOR OF THE ACCUSED’
    This goes back to the oldest law we know, the ‘Codex Hamurapi’ by King Hamurapi of Sumeria at around 2,000 BC, where it says:
    “An Accuser who cannot Prove the accusation, shall receive the same punishment as the Accused if Found Guilty!”
    An excellent law that would silence all false accusers -after the first few thousand have fallen into the deep hole.
    Remember the Prosecutor of sexual crimes in Manhattan, Ms. Feinstein: “Of the rapes brought to us 50% never happened!”
    You see, how necessary Hamurapi’s Law is.

  9. Anonymous May 8, 2020

    To many young men had their lives ruined because of politicians like Biden instilling rules in colleges to have to prove you are not guilty of charges brought against you.

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