The U.S. government spends $1 million a month to protect Betsy DeVos. Her brother has a private army. We may safely assume that she will never be threatened with bodily harm.

Steven Singer feels certain that she has never had any contact with rape victims. Maybe she met a few in an official capacity, but he meets them with frequency in his classroom. They are just kids. They are afraid.

He is furious that she wants the word of the victim to have equal weight with the word of the accused. There is a problem. Rape has no witnesses, as a rule.

DeVos thinks that accused should have to face the accuser.

She and her deputy Candace Jackson feel that men accused of rape have gotten a raw deal.

He writes:

False accusations do happen, but they are much less frequent than sexual violence. Only between two and ten percent of rape allegations are untrue, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Moreover, the same report found that 63 percent of sexual assaults are never even reported to police. Survivors of this heinous crime rarely come forward because of shame, fear and embarrassment.

That’s something I saw first-hand from my students.

They weren’t bragging about an experience they’d lived through. They wanted more than anything to forget it, to ignore what had happened, to get on with their lives. But they just couldn’t. They felt so betrayed, so vulnerable, so guilty, so frightened.

DeVos’ new policy will do nothing to change that. If anything, it will only embolden would-be attackers to attempt more assault – a crime that already affects nearly a quarter of college women.

According to a National Institute of Justice report, 20 percent of young women will become the victim of a “completed or attempted sexual assault” while in college. And more than 6 percent of men will also be assaulted.

We shouldn’t be making it harder for people who have been brutalized to seek justice. The accused should have due process, but that’s what an investigation is. In the rare instance of false allegations, those unduly impugned should be exonerated.

Despite what she says, DeVos’ recent actions have nothing to do with that. Before passing down her decision, she met with “Men’s Rights” groups like the National Coalition for Men – organizations that I can honestly say, as a red blooded American male, certainly don’t speak for me.

This is politics, not any concern for justice. It’s no accident that DeVos serves at the pleasure of a President who was caught on a hot microphone bragging about engaging in sexual assault. It’s no accident that his base includes white supremacists. It’s no accident that his party continually stomps on women’s rights.

There is a culture of binge drinking and sexual assault on many campuses. Read John Hechinger’s True Gentlemen if you doubt it. It is a factual account of fraternity life today.

Betsy DeVos should read it. So should Candace Jackson.