Ninety percent (90%) of rape accusations on college campuses in the U.S. are false, according to Candice E. Jackson, who heads the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Jackson is particularly qualified to speak out about rape accusations: she was the victim of a sexual assault, and she represented sexual assault victims as a private lawyer before joining the Department of Education.
Jackson’s comments about rape on college campuses were published in The New York Times on July 12, 2017.
Jackson described that the overwhelming majority of coed rape accusations were fueled by regret or revenge for consenting to being sexually intimate with a man … or men. Jackson was quoted as saying that investigative processes have not been “fairly balanced between the accusing victim and the accused student.” She said students have been branded rapists not only “when the facts just don’t back that up,” but in most cases 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.’”
The administration of former President Barack Obama significantly reduced the legal protections for a person accused of sexual assault on a college campus. Under Obama the Department of Education approved the handling of campus sexual assault allegations by extra-judicial civil administrative procedures weighted toward finding an accused person guilty. Among other things those procedures restrict the introduction of possible exculpatory evidence by an accused person, who can be found guilty by a mere preponderance of the evidence. Without the due process protections of a criminal proceeding there is virtually no check on an innocent person being falsely found “guilty” and branded as a rapist.
Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering revising the federal governments mandates regarding the handling of sexual assault allegations on college campuses under Title IX, to protect the rights of accused individuals.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational institution that receives any form of federal financial assistance. Consequently, the federal government can dictate certain policies on every college campus in the United States that benefits from federal aid.
Click here to read The New York Times article that has Jackson’s interview, “Campus Rape Policies Get a New Look as the Accused Get DeVos’s Ear.”