Paul Nungesser finally got justice last week. Columbia University announced earlier this month that it had settled the lawsuit filed by Nungesser. For universities, handling sexual assault is a matter of money. And so far the suits by those falsely accused have not been expensive or frequent enough to deter schools from these witch trials. Frankly it’s going to take some big lawsuits to change colleges’ calculations, and that’s why it’s a shame (but not an accident) that the amount of the Columbia settlement was undisclosed. The administration doesn’t want to encourage more plaintiffs to come forward at Columbia or elsewhere.
nypost.com By N.S. Riley
CAMPUS RAPE FRENZY
Articles related to KC Johnson & Stuart Taylor”s book: The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities
The most terrifying book you will read this year isn’t written by Stephen King. It’s written by a lawyer and a history professor, and it will blow your hair back. The book is The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities, by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor, Jr. I cannot recommend it highly enough. There are too many things to praise about this book, so I think I’ll just focus on my favorite part – what it does to the faulty, yet oft-repeated, statistics in this area…The book is much more than statistics, of course. Johnson and Taylor do a terrific job highlighting the terrible abuses of due process on college campuses across the country, the find-guilt-at-all-costs mentality of many Title IX coordinators, and the sheer hypocrisy of liberals who once claimed to care about due process.
abovethelaw.com By Justin Dillon
About one new due process lawsuit per week was filed last year against a college by a student who had been found guilty of sexual assault by a campus tribunal, despite what the lawsuits claim is strong evidence of innocence. The strongest federal appellate win for an accused student was issued unanimously by an all-Democratic-appointed panel. And the biggest appellate loss for an accused came a few months later, from a unanimous panel that included two George W. Bush appointees. Those two decisions are bookends for the diverse approaches that different judges have taken to the civil liberties of accused students, mostly males, whose fates are decided by campus authorities.
washingtonpost.com By Johnson and Taylor
If you’re male and 18 and waiting anxiously for your acceptance at a college or university the authors of The Campus Rape Frenzy would undoubtedly have two words of advice: Don’t go. If you do go and then have sex, your partner can accuse you of rape if you kiss her or reach for her hand without her permission. She can say she was afraid of you when she did give permission and was coerced. She can claim that after a single drink she was under the influence of alcohol and therefore unable to give consent and can make these claims months after the fact without you being aware that she has made them. Think that’s scary? What happens next is even worse.
freebeacon.com By Bruce Fleming
A new book on the controversies surrounding sexual assault on campus strongly challenge Andrea Pino’s credibility. Pino attended UNC Chapel Hill and has been hailed as a heroine of the campus sexual assault survivors’ movement. The Campus Rape Frenzy, by Brooklyn College history professor K.C. Johnson and National Journal contributing editor Stuart Taylor, takes a critical look at claims of an epidemic of sexual violence against college women and at the current Title IX system’s presumption of guilt toward accused students. It also describes Pino’s complaint against UNC as “the highest-profile questionable Title IX claim.” The question of Pino’s truthfulness is important, given her status as a central figure in the narrative of a “rape culture” pervasive at American universities. It is also relevant to another issue discussed by Johnson and Taylor: The media’s tendency to suspend normal journalistic skepticism when it comes to (alleged) sexual assault survivors.
heatst.com By Cathy Young
Recently a number of stories highlight how unfair and unjust the college environment is in the US for young men – and the necessity of federal intervention to fix the damage previous federal intervention has done. It’s not that we don’t need to protect women anymore, or take sexual assault seriously. It’s that men need our protection too. Take Thomas Klocke, a Texas student accused of making anti-gay comments which he vehemently denied. Klocke received no hearing. UT official’s conceded that there wasn’t enough evidence against Klocke, yet placed him on disciplinary probation. Thomas Klocke killed himself a few days later… A report just released by the Census Bureau showed that millennial women are driving the current growth in the 25-to-34-year-old workforce, and that “more young men are falling to the bottom of the income ladder.” We would never stand for an unjust system, like the one created by the Obama Dept. of Education’s interpretations of Title IX, if it shattered the lives of women as it currently does to men.
nypost.com By Karol Markowicz
Close examination of court records shows how the mandates and procedures from Obama’s government amount to a de facto presumption of guilt. It also shows that colleges are at best incapable of adjudicating allegedly criminal conduct, and at worst hopelessly biased…In 2015, Brown University broadened its definition to treat as sexual assault any “manipulation” that is followed by sex. The school then disciplined a male student for having violated this provision in 2014. As judge, William Smith, observed in 2016, the vague provision could make a rapist of a male student who gave flowers to a female student before the two students had consensual sex…Western New England University found a student guilty of violating a new “affirmative consent” rule – which defines anything other than “a clear, knowing and voluntary consent to any sexual activity” as equivalent to a “no” – that the school had adopted six weeks after his alleged misconduct…an Oregon judge found that the University of Oregon had denied an accused student -who had passed four polygraph tests -a chance to counter the school’s claim that inconsistencies in his accuser’s story had resulted from trauma.
winonadailynews.com By KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr.
For nearly six years now, a federal mandate has manhandled American colleges. The Department of Education’s 2011 guidance on campus sexual misconduct reinterpreted a gender parity law—Title IX of the Higher Education Act—to police colleges’ responses to reported sexual assaults. The federal government, joined by virtually all colleges and universities, has mounted a systematic attack on bedrock American principles including the presumption of innocence, access to exculpatory evidence, the right to cross-examine one’s accuser, and due process. Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson trace the ideological and political roots of this harmful policy shift to a cultural interest in reparations to the second sex.
weeklystandard.com By Alice B. Lloyd
There are clearly some women out there who are deeply confused about what it means to be raped, and they are, in many cases, being misled by the adults around them. As documented in “The Campus Rape Frenzy,” the Title IX coordinators encourage young, impressionable women to call every incident of regrettable drunken sex “rape.” These days, the reasons for falsely claiming rape have much more to do with the campus soap opera and the sexual politics of one’s peer group… When you decide to ruin a man’s life and reputation in order to cover up your own mistakes or get what you want from others, you’re not a victim-you’re a sociopath.
nypost By Naomi Schaefer Riley
The Obama administration twice rewrote federal rules governing how allegations must be handled at colleges. In particular, since 2011, when DoED reinterpreted Title IX to require that sexual assault cases be judged by a “preponderance of the evidence” -a lower burden of proof than is used in criminal cases -more than 100 accused students have sued their schools. In most of these recent cases the colleges have lost, as they should have. Colleges are at best incapable of adjudicating allegedly criminal conduct, and at worst hopelessly biased. The vast majority of schools we studied now use procedures that stack the deck against accused students. Recent cases can be divided into two groups. In the first are colleges that considerably broadened the definition of sexual assault. The second group includes schools that violated their procedures, which were unfair to begin with.
latimes.com By KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor