The accused student contends that he did “obtain affirmative consent for sexual activity, no matter how awkward it was,” and she verbally agreed. His suit characterizes the female as being more of the sexual aggressor, noting that she did not request his consent for sex acts she performed on him. The accused contends that the investigation was biased against him because he was prevented from fairly challenging her contentions of what happened that night and that she retreated from her initial allegations.
m.startribune.com By Walsh & Zamora
Consent, Drinking, & Sex
If you hooked up, and she regrets it you will lose. College men must file a TIX complaint against the girl if you want to survive. Once accused, you lose. It’s about money and not your presumption of innocence.
Men are scared of women on campus now, and fear breeds anger and prejudice. Women are frustrated by men, which inspires a lack of desire to collaborate for solutions. “I have male friends who want consent and sobriety written in writing before any physical intimacy, and they’re getting laughed at by their female companions.”…”In a sense, it’s annoying and debilitating to be constantly questioned about whether or not I have agency and am a sexual human being.”
heatst.com By Alexandra Villarreal
Below are words from a Male Student:
“Today I received an email from my school saying that I only had two weeks to complete a mandatory Title IX training, or else I would be dropped from all of my classes. Now this would not normally bother me, its just another one of those things that need to be done,
However, last year there was a girl, who would always go to parties, get drunk and end up hooking up with random party goers, So at one of those parties same thing as always happened, however the next day she claimed that she had been assaulted, She made a big deal out of it, however After an investigation was conducted it was found that she had no case, and that she had been at fault. However That did not stop our professors, (we were taking the same classes) to extend all her deadlines, allow her to re-take her exams and even went as far as giving her honors. Meanwhile there were a couple of us who had actual medical issues, and yet our professors did not give us leniency. She has now graduated, and the gentleman who she accused has as well, she tried tarnishing his reputation, which did not help yet she was still able to milk the situation enough to get her to graduate with honors, and even free housing.”
Experts say accused feel they must seek to clear their names in court at a time of increased focus on campus sex assaults and more serious consequences at schools. Eric Rosenberg, an Ohio lawyer who has represented clients suing their accusers and universities, said many of the accused suffer damaged reputations and lost educational and career prospects. He said the number of such lawsuits have increased as the consequences for those accused at schools have intensified. “They can’t get into school, they can’t get into the military. A lawsuit’s their only way out,” he said.
washingtonpost.com By Darcy Costello
“I need my little brother to see me stand up for myself here,” Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker, said in his first public comments released Tuesday. “I want him to know that a false accusation will never intimidate me.”
nbcnews.com by Erik Ortiz
Two students at the University of St. Thomas, had started flirting at a campus party where the alcohol was flowing freely. After several drinks, they made their way to a bathroom… This spring, the young man, identified only as “John Doe,” sued the university, saying he was suspended for sexual assault without a fair hearing or even a lawyer to present his side of the story. It’s one of a flood of lawsuits across the country asserting that colleges are trampling the rights of the accused in a rush to crack down on campus rape.
startribune.com By Maura Lerner
They met at a party, both were drinking, they danced and had sex. He says the sex was consensual. She says it was rape. No criminal charges were filed. Instead, the case went through the university’s [sham and kangaroo style] administrative process. He eventually [read coerced] signed an agreement that exiled him from the University of Michigan. Now the man has changed his mind and asked a federal court to strike down the university ruling and reinstate him to campus. Angered by this the female is suing him, The dueling lawsuits are asking the courts to weigh in on what was an internal adjudication done by university officials behind closed doors that first found in his favor and then, on appeal, found he had sexually assaulted her.
freep.com By David Jesse
This is Part 4 in a series outlining the effects of college adjudication of alleged sexual assault cases. In some colleges, the Title IX coordinator and a ‘panel of students’ have only eight hours of training. This is not mock trial. This is real life… Students and officials trained for eight hours do not have the capacity to collect evidence, conduct investigations and cross-examine. I would bet that the majority have never even read the Constitution in its entirety. How can they be the ones determining these young people’s futures?
westernjournalism.com By Jessica Denis
When this conversation about campus sexual assault came up I was reading these stories about alcohol and consent, and I started to think about how blackout plays out in that. It’s a really gray area of consent. Blackout is not the same thing as passing out. A person having a blackout may look like they know what they’re doing. How the hell is a man, who might be drinking to excess himself, supposed to know that the woman he takes to bed is too drunk to consent? What if she accuses him of rape? I think it’s something that all of us would do better to understand.
theamericanconservative.com By Rod Dreher
A Title IX hearing officer cleared Antonio Callaway of three university code of conduct charges related to a sexual assault investigation. The complainant’s statements said she did not consent to sexual intercourse “because of intoxication and/or force.” But evidence showed she was not “intoxicated to the extent she could not consent” and that she admitted in text messages that she was pretending to be drunk…Callaway said the woman was “the aggressor” in the situation.
tampabay.com By Matt Baker