Se­na­tor wants of­fi­cial at Ed­u­ca­tion ousted

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON – Sen. Patty Mur­ray, D-Wash., rank­ing Demo­crat on the Se­nate Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, is call­ing for the ouster of the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment’s civil rights chief, say­ing that she has shown her­self to be un­fit for the job.

Candice Jackson, act­ing head of the agency’s Of­fice for Civil Rights, trig­gered fierce crit­i­cism last week when she told the New York Times that “90 per­cent” of cam­pus sex­ual as­sault com­plaints “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.’ ”

Jackson apol­o­gized pub­licly, dis­clos­ing that as a sur­vivor of rape her­self, she be­lieves that “all sex­ual ha­rass­ment and sex­ual as­sault must be taken se­ri­ously.” She also apol­o­gized pri­vately to as­sault sur­vivors in a meet­ing to dis­cuss the de­part­ment’s role in en­forc­ing Ti­tle IX, a fed­eral law that pro­hibits sex dis­crim­i­na­tion at fed­er­ally funded schools.

Mur­ray said Mon­day that apol­o­giz­ing for such “cal­lous, in­sen­si­tive and egre­gious com­ments” is not enough.

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