Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan expressing concern with the #MeToo movement Monday, claiming that the accused aren’t treated fairly.
“I’m very worried. I’m not old, but I’m seasoned, and [the] pendulum’s swinging too far,” Dingell told Politico.
Dingell co-chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s program to help encourage women to run for office.
“We have to have due process. We got to all agree on a process, and that it’s got to be quick and appropriate,” Dingell said.
Despite her newly-voiced concerns, Dingell was at the forefront in the attacks against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ reforms that rescinded certain Title IX guidelines regarding sexual assault. Dingell called Devos’ actions an “outrageous affront to survivors” in a September 2017 press release.
“The decision to rescind Title IX protections, and introduce new, less protective interim guidance before the rulemaking process has even taken place is unacceptable and turns back the clock to a time when survivors of rape and assault suffered in silence, terrified that if they came forward they would be ostracized on campus or in their classrooms, or that their voices would be ignored completely,” Dingell said.
DeVos’ actions were prompted by a number of incidents in which men at American universities and colleges faced suspensions and expulsions after being accused of sexual misconduct, despite never having a fair trial. The lack of due process faced by students was prompted by an Obama-era directive that instructed institutions of higher education on how to handle sexual assault accusations, often without strong evidence.
“This decision does exactly that – it discourages survivors from speaking out and seeking justice and sends a message that instead of support, they will be met with doubt and skepticism. This is shameful and unacceptable,” Dingell’s statement concluded.
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