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After Betsy DeVos Made The Dumbest Comment Imaginable Joe Biden Shut Her Up For Good

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In case you did not hear, last week Betsy DeVos made one of the single most disturbing announcements yet during the Trump administration’s brief tenure.

We reported last week that DeVos is attempting to change Article IX rule to protect potential sexual predators. We said, “DeVos basically wanted to change the Obama-era language. Specifically, she wanted to protect those accused. Meaning, she wants to protect those who have most likely committed a disgusting crime.” Essentially it’s giving more rights to those accused of sexual misdconduct until more information is gathered. More over, keeping potential predators on the street for longer. It’s truly sickening the way she and the Trump administration think.

Her exact words on Article IX were, “Justice demands humility, wisdom and prudence. It requires a serious pursuit of truth. That’s why we must do better because the current approach isn’t working. Washington has burdened schools with increasingly elaborate and confusing guidelines that even lawyers find difficult to understand and navigate. The rights of one person can never be paramount to the rights of another.”

The outrage was far and wide on what DeVos said. And as we scrolled and parsed through the responses to her, none rang more true than what former Vice President Joe Biden said. These days the best way to voice your displeasure, no matter who you are, is on social media. It’s how you get the word out. Biden took to his Facebook page with a massive following to share his reaction to the DeVos comments. Joe’s response is brutal, honest, and exactly what we needed to hear right now.

Here’s the full text:

“In recent weeks, all around the country, parents dropped their children off at college. They’re worrying about whether they’ll make friends, how they’ll do in their classes, if they’ll be happy. And in the back of every parent’s mind, they’re also worrying, “Will my daughter be alright?” They may not know the statistics: that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during her college career. One in five. And for transgender and bisexual women, it’s even worse: one in four transgender students experience sexual assault in college. For bisexual students, it’s one in three. They may not know those statistics, but deep down, they know.”

It’s inexcusable. It’s unacceptable. It has to stop.

Today’s announcement that the Department of Education plans to rewrite key Title IX guidance which works to address and prevent sexual assault in our schools is a step in the wrong direction. The truth is, although people don’t want to talk about the brutal reality of sexual assault, especially when it occurs in our most cherished institutions, it is our reality, and it must be faced head-on. And any change that weakens Title IX protections will be devastating.

Sexual assault is the ultimate abuse of power, and its pernicious presence in our schools is unacceptable. Policies that do not treat this epidemic with the utmost seriousness are an insult to the lives it has damaged and the survivors who have worked so hard to make positive change. And sexual assault has lasting effects on survivors: as many as one-third of rape victims may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, and even more experience other long-term physical and mental health effects. It is a life-altering tragedy.

I’m asking everyone who has a stake in this fight to step up. Students, parents, faculty, alumni. Don’t just sit and watch. Speak up. Any rollback of Title IX protections will hurt your classmates, your students, your friends, your sisters. Make your views known.

I know that we can continue to change the culture. I’ve seen it as I’ve traveled to campuses in every corner of the country over the past few years, talking to thousands upon thousands of students about the It’s On Us campaign. Students have taken on this fight. Keep fighting. Tell this administration that we refuse to go backwards.”

We couldn’t agree more with what Joe said here. DeVos is offbase and incorrect that Article IX has failed both the accusers and the accused. It has actually, in fact, protected those victims that had previously had no voice at all. DeVos and the entirety of the Trump administration should be ashamed of itself for attempting to roll back something so vital to our social system. Sexual assault victims, mostly women, need to be protected and heard and article IX does just that.

We miss the Obama administration and Joe Biden for things like this. Betsy DeVos has no idea what she’s doing.


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