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jack kennedy had charisma. i think that could have tipped the balance in some people's minds, and smart as hell, too. our full schedule, go to c-span.org. >> house minority leader nancy pelosi and other members of the democratic working women's group responded to comments about sexual assault on college campuses. by comments were made candace jackson, who told the new york times that 90% of accusations on campus are made because of alcohol and bad breakups. apologized forer her comments.
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[murmuring] >> thank you everyone for being here to join us to talk about title ix protections for students across our country. forer pelosi, thank you being here, you have been a tireless advocate on this issue throughout your career. representative frankel, thank you for your leadership, you have led this group to confront tough and important issues we have been facing here. i want to thank all of my colleagues, as well. under title ix law, schools are legally required to remedy
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hostile educational environments. after years of reports from students that their schools were not responding appropriately to cases of sexual assault, the department made a push in the last few years to enforce this critical law. in recent days, we have been shocked by comments from the department of education that seem to downplay the trauma of sexual assault and undo the progress we have made. comments like this are disqualifying for any public official, but it is appalling to hear this sort of victim blaming from of the person charged with protecting our students. we need a highly competent system led by highly competent people, not officials who blame victims. i understand there has been an apology. an apology was certainly be enough if the comments were not
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indicative of the actions with already seen from the department of education. over the last few months, the department has not missed an opportunity to diminish the power of its office of civil rights. the budget has been last, guidance has been rescinded, crucial problems are being de-prioritized and diminished. i remember when i was in the california state legislature and the supreme court overturned a rape conviction. they felt that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have consented. togethert, we all came in a bipartisan way to wear jeans to the california statehouse in solidarity. i am proud to say that this tradition continues today in a
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number of states and countries. we came together because victim blaming has no place in any just society. i am disappointed this is a conversation we are still having. this is about ensuring students have a safe environment on campus. it is in no way an attempt to take away the due process of students. universities must adhere to the rule of law like everyone else. we will not turn back the clock. i want to introduce leader pelosi and the rest of my colleagues. thank you, congresswoman davis, for your leadership on this issue. forare working for respect women in the military, as well, and as a member of the education and workforce committee, whose
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jurisdiction, the education office of civil rights falls. i am honored to be here. theou indicated, with cochair of the bipartisan women's task force and also the finest chair, -- vice chair. i'm also pleased to be here with members of the education and workforce committees. from california and new york. former chair of the rules a real fighter for women's rights, who brought
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us together before the break to condemn what president trump , it wasut mika outrageous. i hope we are not doing this every week. the point is, and i mention all of my colleagues here, i don't know if they will speak, it is all about respect. as a mother of four daughters, two granddaughters, and many grandsons and a son, it is amazing to me to see the lack of respect some of these people have for women and girls. six years ago, the obama administration said enough is has been ajoe biden great champion and respecting women and saying it is not your fault. we want the truth to come out, whether it is over 95% of the time. i'm sure you will address that, it is not their fault.
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ixma expanded title protections and encouraged survivors to come forward. now the trunk administration is dismantling that progress, attacking title ix protections, which includes transgender students, and cutting funding for the office of civil rights. it is injustice. my comments are about respect for women and strengthening the office of civil rights of the education department, not weakening it. last month marked the 44th in the first week of title ix. the story of how hard it was to pass at the time are legendary. there has always been the from those who would like to get rid of it. the sad thing is that women still have to face harassment. every woman has a right to feel
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safe on campus. advocates we and have been meeting with, we believe you and we will never stop fighting until we wiped out the scourge of sexual assault. campus sexual assault is an epidemic in america. it is acceptable that one in four women are sexually assaulted on campus. thank you, my colleagues, or bringing us together to point out the outrageous statement from ms. jackson. i know there was an apology, but ake -- i yieldm to the cochair of the task force. >> thank you, leader pelosi. geared all mylso colleagues are great leaders in the right.
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let me start by saying that, yes there were comments by candace jackson and they are an outrage, excusing violent behavior, but even more troubling is they reflect a dangerous attitude at the department of education toward victims of sexual assault. college should be a place to ask and your mind, not fear for your safety. --dents should be tracing chasing dreams, not running from sexual predators. today, betsy devos is meeting with a giving a platform to groups who discount victims and .rotect accused rapists it is unbelievable. meanwhile, her department of education has issued guidance to weaken title ix and the trump budget proposes cuts. secretary devos, i will repeat something that victims wrote to yesterday, which is, who are you
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serving? victims of unspeakable acts forced upon them, like when you may have read about from my home state of florida, attending unc, she was a high school valedictorian, first of her family to attend college, involved in campus life and clubs. .ad the highest hopes her freshman year turned into a nightmare. she was drugged and raped at a party. a year later, she relived the terror, assaulted again, violently attacked and raped in a bathroom at a party. she woke up in a pool of blood with marks on her body. she reported these assaults in the administrators did nothing. one went as far to say that her class performance was deteriorating because she was just lazy. she looked for help, could not
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find support. to rapists were allowed stay in school if they just wrote an apology letter. she took action and file a federal complaint. her bravery and activism led to the department cracking down on colleges that don't protect students from sexual assault, as leader pelosi just referenced. for andrea and all the victims on campus, we must continue to defend and enforce title ix, holding people accountable and getting victims the resources they deserve. cochair in the working women's group. i want to thank our leader, nancy pelosi, susan davis, and the chair of our working group, and my colleagues who stand here today. in the movement across the
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"ountry, the term "stay woke comes up often. it is about staying aware of what is going on. these women, we've come together as numbers of congress to say we will not tolerate any sign of disrespect in protection of women. when it comes to accusation of , a serious and thorough investigation should never be up to debate. i fully support the protections provided by title ix. need, they should not want, they need our government to be supported of a environment and a protection process to report that will violence -- sexual violence, whether it is men or women. the remarks by candace jackson
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were far from just being ill-advised. leadership, those of us who stand up and say we are going to take on the responsibilities of government position, should never displayed bias or preconceived notions. it is dangerous. when a woman stands up or a man stands up to make an allegation of discrimination, of being sexually assaulted, how dare you make a preconceived notion that 90% of those who come are telling a lie or not being truthful. in this country, for the women across the country, so many who are first generation going to college, as the example laid out by lois frankel, women who are entering into the next phase of the american dream, a college
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education, how dare you assume and then come on top of that, make the assumption that it is not true. every case should be investigated and every case, we have the responsibility to give the facts. education, iary of devos, thisto betsy is what i expect of you. i want you to be open-minded when you meet with constituents today. those and talk to groups who can help advise you on best practices. but i want to be clear, i expect you as our secretary of education to protect our
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students against sexual violence, to support a safe environment for our students, and i expect you, through investigation of all accusations, treat these cases as serious and one of your highest responsibilities. i want you to know that as we stand here as women, with that ultimate responsibility, we are often asked, what keeps you awake at night? injustice. injustice. ignorance and silence keeps me awake at night. we are standing here and saying that will not be part of the women of this congress. i'm so proud to now bring another colleague, a woman who has had a history of being a leader, a voice, and a person who understands that we have a responsibility, and that is
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ears.sentative sp >> thank you. thank you to nancy pelosi, to leadership, to the and to all of us gathered here. there is a simple message you. we are not going back. we're not going back to neanderthal thinking. we're not going back to myths promoted by those who don't know the facts. colleges arein either sexually assaulted or an attempt of sexual assault is made upon them while they are there. 13% of lgbt members and 6% of men. as the leader said, this is an epidemic. six years ago, i took my
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daughter on college course -- college tours. every orientation, the first question asked by parents was, how safe is the school? in orientation, when she went to college, what kind of safety measures do you have in place? republican and democratic errands want to make sure their children are going to schools that have a good record of addressing the issue of sexual assault. apologized,son has but let me share with you what she has said. she said that 90% of investigations fall in the ,ategory of "we were both drunk and six months later
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the man finds out she is being d."he is being charged and those of the worst she said. catherine lamont was the director of the civil rights and the obama administration. when she was told this, she said that he was demonstrably untrue. ,he says when she took that job she saw jaw-dropping noncompliance by universities of title ix as related to sexual assault. so the message here is we're not going back. the guidance that was provided in 2011 must stay in place, that victims must be accommodated, that universities must be held accountable, and this list of
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shame that some universities are fretting about, that it appears secretary devos is interested in dissolving, is not going away. every family has the right to look at that list and see whether the school they are contemplating to send their daughter or son to his meeting the standards we put in place about accountability, investigations and accommodation of the victims and survivors. >> thank you very much. fork you to my colleagues your leadership. this is such an important issue we are talking about today. students deserve to be safe and feel safe when they are at school or on a college campus eared that means all students. that means victims of discrimination and survivors of sexual assault, and our lgbt students. examples a lot of
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where this administration has gone backwards. this is one place where we are saying now, we are not going back. as a parent of a son and daughter and a policymaker, we are not going back. i've had many conversations with survivors of campus sexual assault. i have spoken on campuses with people who are implementing progress under title ix, and we are not going back. these survivors deserve to be heard. they deserve to be taken seriously. they need meaningful policies, not flippant remarks. we need someone in charge of civil rights at the department of education who actually believes in civil rights. we are not going back. i tell you, when you talk with survivors of campus sexual assault, you know the challenges they are up against and the progress that we have made has
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been impressive. i see the steps this administration has taken so far, those steps are going back. we need to work together, speak out and send a message. survivors, you will be heard. we understand there is an issue that needs to be addressed. to your campuses, talk about the work that has been done. campuses are safer. we are not going back. we need to send a strong message today. yes, we want the secretary of education to listen to the stories of survivors and hear perspectives, when it comes to civil rights and protections under title ix, do not turn back the page on the progress we have made. we can work together, we can come together and make this happen. we need to talk about prevention in our k-12 system. promoting healthy relationships. we need to have all of the
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enforcement on campus under title mine that each and every survivor across the country deserves. we hear you, survivors, we will fight for you and we are not going back. thank you. >> i think my colleagues for being here. i don't know if anybody has any questions. we had a group. there are a few bills up today. thank you, good job. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] >> education secretary betsy
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devos is the current rules for investigating sexual assault on college campuses are not working. she participated in meetings which came after her department's civil rights official said the majority of sexual assault claims on campuses are the result of both parties being drunk. >> good afternoon, everyone. we had very important conversations today. this was part of my ongoing commitment to hear from all sides of this issue. i wasn't surprised to learn that people with 20 or 30 years of experience in this area from higher ed institutions have never been invited to have a conversation about this. this is also an emotionally draining day. it is an incredibly difficult topic, but nothing compared to what the students have gone through. i saw a lot of pain today, but i also saw a lot of determination and r

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