On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the stories of those claiming to be wrongly accused of campus sexual assault “are not often told.”
Earlier that day, groups representing sexual assault survivors gathered in front of the Department of Education to share the stories of people who have been sexually assaulted at their school or university. Politicians, former Obama administration officials, and sexual assault survivors urged DeVos to enforce Title IX and the 2011 department of education guidance that clarified and added more direction on how universities should investigate campus sexual assault.
In reporting the story, the Washington Post published a piece that described him as an “all-American swimmer.” The piece focused on Turner’s athletic record and ended by noting his career plans.
“Turner’s future was once bright,” the piece reads. “He began swimming at age 2 in his home town of Oakwood, Ohio. At age 10, he was named in the local newspaper as helping his swim team win a championship. By the time he entered high school, he had already won the Ohio Junior Olympics.”
The piece does not talk about the once bright future of Turner’s victim.
The education department official, Candice Jackson, told The New York Times, “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.’” (She later apologized for her comments.)
During the press conference on Thursday, DeVos framed universities’ mishandling of sexual assault complaints as if it was simply a problem in the past. She said, “And I acknowledge there was a time when women were essentially dismissed. That is not acceptable.”
“A system without due process protections ultimately serves no one in the end,” she added, echoing a common complaint from men’s rights activists and other groups representing the accused.
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