There are many jaw-dropping moments in the Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s recent 60 Minutes interview. One of the more shocking moments is when DeVos struggled to answer Lesley Stahl’s very straightforward question about the prevalence of sexual assault versus fabricated reports. DeVos answered with an “I don’t know” about whether they’re the same.
“Are youÃ¢Â€Â¦suggesting that the number of false accusations are as high as the number of actual rapes or assaults?” Lesley Stahl asks Secretary DeVos about her controversial changes to Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/enegEWhKBy
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 11, 2018
It doesn’t take much work to find out that research shows that campus sexual assault is a problem: about 11 percent of all undergraduate and graduate students are assaulted. That is almost twice the rate of fabricated rape reports on campus, which is estimated to be 6 percent. The fact that these are not problems of equal scale should be abundantly clear—especially for a member of the cabinet.
That’s probably why DeVos and the Education Department are trying to do some damage control, which is why a department spokesperson, Liz Hill, told Inside Higher Ed that DeVos totally understands that fabricated rape reports are rare.
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