Education Department Official Must Resign After Victim-Blaming Comments

Target: Candice Jackson, Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Goal: Get Department of Education official to resign after questioning 90 percent of campus sexual assault allegations.

An Education Department official recently implied that a majority of campus sexual assault allegations are questionable. Speaking to The New York Times, Candice Jackson showed more concern for the rights of those accused of sexual assault, rather than those who are sexually assaulted. She suggested that male students are accused of rape “when the facts just don’t back that up.”
She added, “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 [time] sleeping together was not quite right.’”

While Jackson later apologized, she should never have publicly cast doubt on assault victims’ claims. As Senator Patty Murray said, Jackson’s comments “should disqualify her from service in the position of top Department of Education protector of students’ right to be safe at school.” Add your name to the petition below to demand that Jackson resign.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Jackson,

You recently made a statement to The New York Times in which you showed a distinct lack of concern for victims of sexual assault, worrying instead about those who are accused of sexual assault on college campuses. You mentioned that in your opinion, 90 percent of campus sexual assault claims are questionable.

Your comment showcased extreme ignorance and bias. Those who come forward after being sexually assaulted do so in an extremely hostile environment, and for that reason many do not come forward at all. To suggest that 90 percent of these claims should not be taken seriously is incredibly insulting, tone-deaf, and victim-blaming. I demand that you resign from your position at the Department of Education; you clearly are not committed to protecting the safety of American college students.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S Army Heraldry Directorate

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