The staffer running the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) division inside the U.S. Department of Education who is involved in the push to force school districts to open up facilities such as bathrooms and showers to transgender students was also involved in the UVA Rape Hoax case.
In May, the New York Times reported on the ties between the White House, the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Human Rights Campaign. Included in that article was this nugget:
At the Department of Education, Catherine E. Lhamon, 44, a former civil rights litigator who runs the agency’s Office of Civil Rights — and has made aggressive use of a federal nondiscrimination law known as Title IX — was taking the lead. The department’s ruling in favor of Student A in November was the first time it had found any school district in violation of civil rights over transgender issues.
As it turns out, Lhamon, who was appointed by President Obama in 2013, has ties to the UVA Rape Hoax, according to the Daily Caller:
A top-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has emerged as a potentially key figure in Rolling Stone’s false article, “A Rape on Campus.”
Catherine Lhamon, who heads the Department’s civil rights wing, was identified in a letter sent last month by University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves to Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel, the two Columbia Journalism School deans who conducted a review of the Nov. 19 article, written by disgraced reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
Groves’ letter was included as a footnote to the Columbia deans’ report, which was released on Sunday and cataloged the failures and lies that led to the article’s publication.
In the letter, Groves wrote that he has suffered “personal and professional” damage as a result of Erdely’s reporting and comments Lhamon made about him which were included in the article.
There is a lengthy and detailed article about Lhamon and two other associates involved in the UVA Rape Hoax case at The Other McCain.
Lhamon has a history with education litigation prior to her involvement in supporting the ‘rape culture’ narrative on college campuses, yet has remained largely out of the media headlines.
Lhamon isn’t just pushing the rape culture narrative in higher Ed, earlier this year she made comments applying it to K-12, according to the Washington Post:
“We should not have blinders on about how early sexual violence can take place,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Education Department. The problem in K-12 schools is similar in many ways to the problem on college campuses, she said, but there are also important differences, including the inexperience of young children and the power dynamics between adults and students.
For an official so concerned with rape in schools, defending forcing schools to open their bathrooms and locker rooms to the opposite sex seems like more of a way to support the ‘rape culture’ narrative than anything else.
Lhamon has a very checkered past, including telling the Senate in February of this year that the U.S. Department of Education had the right to blow off the notice and comment procedures before issuing the department’s now infamous ‘Dear Colleague’ letters.
By April, Lhamon and her division were sued by a Georgia lawmaker for overstepping their authority in creating ‘campus rape rules’. Lhamon and Ed Secretary John King were personally named in the suit, which alleges that OCR didn’t follow the rule-making process with the ‘Dear Colleague’ letters.
That suit by the Georgia lawmaker wasn’t the only one filed against the Department of Education’s OCR. A Colorado athlete wrongfully accused of sexual assault also filed one. The suit alleges that due to the “Dear Colleague” letters, the athlete’s “due process rights and engaged in gender discrimination in his wrongful suspension” by CSU Pueblo.
See the other radical attorneys enlisted to sue North Carolina over HB2, as compiled by J. Christian Adams at PJ Media.