Betsy Devos has proposed a rewrite of Title IX that disappoints victims and empowers the accused.
This morning, Education Secretary Betsy Devos released her revision of rules that govern campus sexual assault and harassment allegations. This revision comes as a replacement of the measures she repealed just last year. The previous regulation, set in place by the Obama Administration, prioritized victims’ rights. Deemed as “denying due process”, Devos believes her revision brings balance to the policy.
Under the new proposal, the scope of cases schools would be responsible for investigating is greatly reduced. Incidents that are part of campus programs and activities that were reported properly are all that make the list. Along with that proposed change, fewer allegations would be considered sexual harassment. This comes as a shocking blow to the already arduous process of seeking justice in campus sexual assault.
“The proposed regulation is grounded in core American principles of due process and rule of law. It seeks to produce more reliable outcomes, thereby encouraging more students to turn to their schools for support in the wake of sexual harassment and reducing the risk of improperly punishing students.”
What Betsy Devos is proposing will provide no protection for victims of off-campus rape at school. Other provisions will entitle accused persons to lawyers and the ability to cross-examine victims. Under these new rules, victims would be required to prove that the conduct prevents them from returning to school. Sexual harassment would be redefined as the following:
In what many are calling the “Rapist Protection Act”, Devos misses and undermines the very reason Title IX was created. Her revisions are an attempt to silence sexual assault survivors and directly empower would-be perpetrators. The release of this incorrigible update during a time when assaults spike nearly 50 percent is disgusting.
Only 20 percent of campus sexual assault victims go to police, but 11.2 percent of all students experience rape or sexual assault. Of those who experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation at the undergraduate level, 23.1 percent are female and 5.4 percent are male. The removal of off-campus protection will only increase these statistics.
Betsy Devos’ new regulation limits the conditions that would demand a school’s response to an incident. Requiring that the institution has “actual knowledge” of the allegations, that means it must be reported to anyone with authority to take action. At a non-collegiate level, that means any K-12 educator can be told.
We have seen over decades that even when details are communicated to the appropriate parties, they can be ignored. The Education Department insists that by widening the range of who can take the report, they cannot turn a blind eye to the situation.
For the next 60 days, the new rules are open for public comment. Currently, public outrage is at its peak as social media buzzes with feedback. If these changes are approved, they will be instituted as law.
Locked up! Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison
Trump’s Ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison! After pleading guilty to nine federal charges, the fixer has found himself a one way ticket to Club Fed.
You are going to jail! Periodt!
Michael Cohen stood before Judge William Pauley and tearfully apologized to his family and the people of the United States. Cohen cried:
“Recently, the President tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”
While Cohen’s lawyers had argued against a prison sentence on the grounds of his cooperation with Mueller, he will still face 36 months for 8 charges. For the Mueller charge, he faces an additional 2 months as well as a $50,000 fine. As of now, he has to turn himself in March 6th, 2019.
Cohen pleaded guilty just 13 days ago.
Trump Exposed for Employing Undocumented Maid
Donald Trump has been exposed for employing undocumented workers. In a story broken by the New York Times, Victorina Morales says she isn’t the only one.
With more than five years of employment behind her, Ms. Morales has recently received a certificate from the White House Communications Agency. Inscribed with her name, the award commends her “outstanding” support. There’s just one problem — Morales is an undocumented immigrant.
Victorina Morales came to the United States from Guatemala, crossing in 1999. Leaving her life as a corn farmer, Morales applied to and was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with phony documents. In her interview with The Times, Morales admits she knows she was not the only worker who was in the country illegally. But salacious comments have inspired her and others to reveal Trump’s hypocrisy.
“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money. We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation”
“There are many people without papers”
Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign, the issue of border security and the fight to protect the American workforce has been a priority. However, Trump has a history of staffing his properties with migrant and undocumented workers. Despite signing a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order in 2017, Trump’s companies have hired hundreds of foreigners.
Though Trump and his Organization allege there is no evidence executives knew of their immigration status, lower level management was aware. Staff at the Bedminster location claim supervisors went so far as to help workers evade detection. The Trump Organization, which owns the property, had this to say:
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices.”
The White House has yet to release a statement.
Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty, Admits Lying to Congress
This afternoon, Michael Cohen plead guilty in a New York federal court. With new charges mounted against him regarding the Russia-Trump deal, Cohen cracked.
The latest breakthrough in the Mueller probe has Trump upset! Cohen has admitted to lying about the details of the Russia-Trump deal to “be consistent with the president’s political messaging. Having previously pleaded guilty to charges filed in Manhattan, Cohen has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
Court documents show that Cohen lied about the “Moscow Project”– Trump Organization’s attempt to pursue a branded property in Russia. Displeased with this shocking revelation, Trump alleged that Cohen is lying to receive a reduced sentence.
Rudy Giuliani was quick to come to Trump’s defense.
“Michael Cohen is a liar. It’s no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress. He’s a proven liar who is doing everything he can to get out of a long-term prison sentence for serious crimes of bank and tax fraud that had nothing to do with the Trump Organization…With regard to the hotel proposal in Moscow, the President has been completely open and transparent.”
Cohen previously served as Trump’s personal attorney and professional fixer. He was notably involved in the Stormy Daniels coverup as well as bank fraud.
Cohen, who once claimed he would take a bullet for Trump, is now facing 5 years in prison and a potential $200,000 fine. This plea is separate from the charges he faced in relation to campaign finance charges.
According to ABC, outside the courtroom, Cohen’s lawyer said his client will “continue to cooperate with the investigation.” Having pledged to “put family and country first”, Cohen is making his power play by turning on his former employer.
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