FACTS

    In a historic move, a new Title IX policy regarding sexual misconduct at schools and universities has been introduced by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Among other changes, it will allow both persons in a case to have their lawyer or representative cross-examine the other party. It restores due process to campus proceedings, and is the product of years of research, including input from school administrators, individuals falsely accused, survivors, advocates, and US citizens.

    “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,”

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

    RIGHT

    The Right is in support of the new policy, noting that in the 21st Century, the ability to evaluate evidence brought against you and to question your accuser should be obvious.

    They believe that the new policy restores the right of the accused, who should be innocent until proven guilty, but also ensures justice and protection for survivors, requiring schools to take prompt and appropriate action in cases of sexual misconduct. “The new Title IX regulation is a game-changer. It establishes that schools and colleges must take sexual harassment seriously, while also ensuring a fair process for everyone involved. It marks the end of the false dichotomy of either protecting survivors, while ignoring due process, or protecting the accused, while disregarding sexual misconduct” Assistant Secretary Kenneth Marcus from the Office of Civil Rights said in a statement.

    It has also been pointed out that Democrats have a double standard in their stance on this: while they decry the Title IX changes giving equal protection to the accused, under the previous Obama-era standards, Biden would currently be guilty of sexual assault according to the charges brought against him by Tara Reade. 

    LEFT

    The policy is not supported by those on the Left. DeVos has been referred to as a “hate figure for progressives.”  The Left believes specially trained experts should be involved in a questioning process, claiming that questioning and cross-examination in a live court-case-like hearing can cause further trauma to victims of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct. They believe due process can still happen while giving greater protection and rights to survivors in such cases. In addition, it is thought that the new rule singles out sexual harassment and assault differently than other campus issues, thus requiring a process and procedures that make it harder for victims to come forth. This new rule is disapprovingly seen to be in favor of the accused. 

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