Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is an absolute monster – there is no other way to describe her without profanities. According to a new set of rules being put together by the Department of Education, sexual assault victims will now have to be cross-examined by their alleged attackers, meaning that victims will actually be RE-VICTIMIZED and traumatized by their attackers. This is disgusting and takes us backwards by decades. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this issue.


Betsy DeVos, the US Secretary of Education, is preparing to issue new rules which apply to sexual assault cases on college campuses, and these new rules show us that without a doubt, Betsy DeVos is absolutely an inhuman monster. Here is what these new rules are going to call for. They would reduce liability for universities, tightened the definition of sexual harassment and allow schools to use a higher standard and evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault. That’s not even the worst part. I’ll get to that in a moment, but let’s talk about this for a minute. We, we’ve discussed in the past that Betsy DeVos wanted to redefine what sexual harassment and sexual assault was and part of the redefinition is that if it doesn’t necessarily hinder a student’s a woman’s ability to go to classes or go to events or whatever that is, you know, then it’s not really harassment.

It hasn’t hindered her life. It hasn’t screwed her up. So she’s fine. That’s not even harassment anymore. We don’t even consider it that. As for reducing liability for universities, if it doesn’t specifically take place on that college campus, then the university has no, uh, no authority over it. It’s not their problem. They don’t have to deal with it, they don’t have to count it in their rape statistics, uh, you know, which could affect whether or not more students want to come to that college. So the school’s technically under Betsy DeVos. His plan are going to get a free pass to kind of cover these things up so that prospective students don’t know how bad it really is on campus. Here’s the ugliest part. It would guarantee the accused the right to cross examine their accusers, though it would be have to be conducted by advisors or attorneys for the people involved rather than the person accused of misconduct.

But they get to be right there. They get to be a part of it. So say you’re a dude on campus, let’s just create a random name for a campus guy, Brock Turner. Sounds like a good generic college name, right? So suppose your Brock Turner and you go out there and you raped somebody. She comes forward to the university with the allegations that this happened, and then you get to have your lawyer, you feed him the questions and he sits there grilling the poor young woman who’s already been victimized once now gets to be re victimized by the man who helped destroy her life by a college and university and even an education department that doesn’t believe her. This is sick, this is twisted, and this is the trump administration at its finest. This is what they do and this is exactly what we could have expected from a cabinet member who was appointed by a man who has been accused by more than 19 women have this same kind of conduct that Betsy DeVos is trying to let college students off the hook for.

We don’t even need these rules honestly, because with the way it works already, the men always tend to get off Scott free. You know, Brock Turner, like I mentioned, gets lead off because you know, we don’t want to ruin his future over one stupid mistake. What about the woman? What about the woman whose life is ruined? Who’s going to have nightmares for the rest of her life, ptsd, flashbacks of that horrid event. There’s too many cases of that happening every single year here in the United States and Betsy DeVos, the monster running our department of Education just made it easier for the accused, accused for these horrible people out there doing these things. She just made it easier for them to be let off the hook.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced