…today’s students seem to have unprecedented levels of disregard for things like legal due process and standard scholarly research or journalistic practice.
www.latimes.com Op-ed by Meghan Daum
Monthly Archives: December 2014
The issue of false accusations on campus is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Sure, President Obama and even more so Vice-President Biden, have gotten a lot of mileage out of the mythical “1 in 5” statistic, possibly for purely political gain, but since I voted for them, I’m still willing to assume that they have been misled instead of willfully throwing our college men under the bus.
But the fact is that the outlets that conservatives love to hate, such as the New York Times and NPR, have, until the last few weeks, been strikingly one-sided on this issue. Save Our Sons has looked for relevant articles and commentary from any source, and until recently, these tended to be right-leaning media outlets.
A lot has changed in the last few weeks.
From my perspective, a month ago only the right-leaning media outlets were willing to refute the extremist feminist positions, and even they were afraid to challenge the two “holy truths”:
- Myth 1: 1 in 5 girls are raped in college
- Myth 2: Always believe the accuser
A real turning point was the 28 Harvard law professor’s open challenge to Harvard’s Sexual Assault Policy, and by extension, the nationwide trend denying due process rights to those accused. These legal scholars, some of them openly liberal, were able to call into question the mantra to ‘always believe the accuser,’ and it opened a trickle of stories. The New York Times covered it, and then a few days later had their first balanced look at the issue.
Then came the Rolling Stone UVA article, which Salon hailed as “one of the best articles I wish I’d never had to read”, and then more importantly, its implosion. Salon had four articles on the fallout of the faked storyline over as many days. The best piece analyzing the media maelstrom was in Real Clear Politics.
The ‘always believe the accuser,’ now could be seen to be farcical, despite protestations that the ‘fake story’ proves the ‘reality’ of the prevalence of campus rape:
So what if this instance was more fictional than fact and didn’t actually happen to Jackie?…. The rape culture we try so hard to deny was brought out from its diseased shadows and shocked people with its true face. (Huffington Post)
Since when did falsity prove reality? Only when ‘holy truth’ is challenged by logic. Now the media trickle feels more like a flood, although the article above shows that extremism hates being exposed as extreme and there will be a feminist backlash.
Finally, the real facts are out from the Justice Department, and it’s a first that this viewpoint was reported by NPR. The “1 in 5” is off by several orders of magnitude.
So now, there are many stories about false accusations… from all media outlets, including the New York Times. Save Our Sons tracks all the major media outlets, throughout the political spectrum, regardless of the ‘lean’ of the publication. This new balance is refreshing.
We do not empower our daughters, or protect them by taking away or limiting basic Constitutional rights of our sons. Our daughters are empowered by knowing the truth that maintaining their sobriety is their responsibility and the best way to avoid regrettable situations.
SB 967, though perhaps well intentioned, is flawed from its inception because it fails to address the issue of illegal, underage drinking that is almost always attached to these accusations of assault.
In fact, with wording such as “if alcohol or drugs were involved and providing amnesty from disciplinary action if the victim violated school alcohol policy at time of assault” could be interpreted to encourage drinking for some. By removing all responsibility we now put the woman in a position to be victimized over and over again. Lack of responsibility equates to lack of power.
If the woman is not capable of consent when intoxicated, how is it possible for someone else, perhaps in a similar inebriated state, to have any ability to determine the intentions and validity of response of another? It is possible to be in a black out drunk, sometimes added by prescription drugs, and appear to be fully functioning and capable of sound decisions.
How would we respond to this same woman, under the same level of intoxication, if she were to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and cause an accident? Would we blame the victim of the accident? Would we tell the victim they should have known the risk and not have been on the same street as the impaired? No, we have decided in our Courts that drunk drivers are responsible for the havoc caused regardless of their level of intoxication. We are inconstant and complicit if we allow this Bill to move forward with this language.
This Bill lacks a directive that the Colleges and Universities must allow Constitutional due process for all involved. It puts the accused in the position of guilt and subject to a life changing determination by very few. It makes criminals out of our boys and does nothing to help our girls.
Sexual assault is a horrific experience. I know first-hand. Alcohol and drug abuse is a plague on society and our souls. I have been a recovering alcoholic for over 23 years and have assisted and counseled countless women on how to recover from criminal assault and the answer was never to relinquish responsibility.
A Northern California parent and Mother of a College Son
California’s “yes means yes” law turns the idea of sexual consent upside down. Suddenly, nearly all sex is rape.. It was only a matter of time before backers of the law decided to make their definition (which is almost impossible to prove) the law of the land.
m.washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
These dysfunctional policies..originated from the fundamentally flawed view that society must accommodate the needs and wants of victims even at the cost of due process.
claremontindependent.com Commentary by undergraduate students Derek Ko and Steven Glick
Mothers, it’s up to you. Will you continue to be silent as your innocent sons are used as cannon fodder for the radical feminist agenda? If you care about your sons and your daughters, speak up.
I am a feminist. I have marched at the barricades…Until a month ago, I would have expressed unqualified support for Title IX…But that was before .. a text of desperation. “CALL ME. URGENT. NOW.”
Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the evidence accumulates it’s becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism.
www.usatoday.com By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
In April 2013, former University of Florida student Tanya Borachi lied to police about getting bound and gagged in a Gainesville apartment complex parking lot. At Princeton University student Mindy Brickman falsely accused a fellow Princeton student of raping her. In April 2013, University of Wyoming student Meg Lanker-Simons, then 28, anonymously posted a rape threat directed at herself on a Facebook page called UW Crushes.