Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled new Title IX rules Friday which offer more due process protection for persons accused of sexual harassment. The rule changes, in part, narrow the definition of sexual misconduct and require alleged victims to provide a higher standard of evidence. The incident must also be reported to certain officials, and it must have occurred on campus.
Groups critical of the move, like the ACLU, say the proposed changes will "make schools less safe for survivors of sexual assault and harassment" and further discourage victims from reporting crimes.
We advocate for fair school disciplinary processes that uphold the rights of both parties in campus sexual assault and harassment cases.— ACLU (@ACLU) November 16, 2018
Today Secretary DeVos proposed a rule that would tip the scales against those who raise their voices.
We strongly oppose it.
Some people are so opposed to the Title IX announcement that they are threatening DeVos. The threats are so serious that she now needs 24/7 security from the U.S. Marshals Service. It's a frightening thing, but some media are choosing to focus on the cost of the added security, as opposed to the necessity of it.
"The cost of security provided to DeVos was $5.3 million in fiscal year 2017 and $6.8 million for fiscal year 2018, according to the Marshals Service — an amount that is ultimately reimbursed by the Education Department," NBC News reported Friday. "The estimated cost for fiscal year 2019 is $7.74 million."
Hatch used the word "interesting" to define the media narrative.
Interesting framing here to focus on the cost of protecting @BetsyDeVosED instead of the reason that extra protection is required: “threats received by the Secretary of Education.” https://t.co/AWj8OOt890— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) November 16, 2018
Security is not cheap, but, as Hatch notes, it is the price that apparently comes with DeVos doing her job.