The Duke lacrosse case reminds us that false accusations of sex crimes do happen and that the wrongly accused are the real victims — even when affluent, white and male. Perhaps, in honor of the anniversary, journalists should be made to write “presumption of innocence” on the blackboard 500 times. It looks like they can use the exercise.
newsday.com By Cathy Young
Court Rulings & Settlements
“We’re gratified to have it behind us and that once again the innocence of the boys, the young men now, has been reaffirmed,”…Three Duke University lacrosse players and the City of Durham settled a long-running lawsuit Friday, closing another chapter in a case that exposed flaws in the Durham justice system and ended a district attorney’s legal career.
charlotteobserver.com By Anne Blythe
Victory for college men in federal court: A college’s attempt to comply with the “Dear Colleague” letter may be a breach of contract
An explosive opinion was handed down by a federal court in Rhode Island: Doe v. Brown University. The court looked with a jaundiced eye at the way colleges handle allegations of sexual misconduct and referenced the perceived backlash against male students created by the climate of guilt fostered by the “Dear Colleague” letter. .this is among the best decisions to date handed down for presumptively innocent college students accused of sexual assault.
The case began as a crusade against everything that was wrong with racial and sexual tension at southern universities and athletic programs and many in the media took up the torch against Duke’s lacrosse players. They were vilified nationally for months. In the end, they were found to be completely innocent and were vindicated despite the fact that their lives had been ruined.
Court: George Mason University violated due process when expelling student for alleged BDSM-related sex assault
Q…. Is it your testimony that when John walked into your office on October 8, 2014, you had essentially prejudged his case before you even spoke to him? … A. Yes.
washingtonpost.com By Eugene Volokh
[Judge]Smith upheld the student’s allegation that he was discriminated against because of his male gender, which led Brown to reach an erroneous outcome in suspending him for two-and-a-half years. The accused student’s lawsuit also argued a breach of contract with Brown over the school’s treatment of him once he was accused..Surviving a motion to dismiss doesn’t seem like the biggest legal win, but it is when it comes to students accused of sexual assault and federal court judges.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Over 100 sexual assault lawsuits alleging lack of due process, sex discrimination, and/or breach of contract have been filed against colleges. While most of these cases are resolved by means of a confidential settlement, some cases are being adjudicated by the courts. Click on the link below to see the cases in which the plaintiff prevailed:
Occidental, Columbia,& University of Tennessee. Three falsely accused college males tell their stories in this Fox documentary which you can see online
Fox News Reporting:
The Truth About Sex & College
This 41 minute documentary tackles this political complex situation by highlighting the stories of three college men falsely accused of sexual assault. Colleges: Occidental College, Columbia University and the University of Tennessee. If you are accused at college you have zero rights. The Dept. of Education enforces the removal of due process protections for young men through their ‘Dear Colleague’ letter. The accused cannot present evidence to support their innocence.
Roanoke College. The hateful students who tried to keep a student out of college after he was found not guilty of rape
Even after the jury’s tellingly speedy determination that the young man was not guilty, Roanoke students took hostility to due process to a new level by circulating a petition that flatly declared the young man had “raped” the accuser. Without bothering to cite a scrap of evidence, the petition alluded to all manner of hearsay and unsubstantiated allegations to paint the young man…Where do the students of Roanoke College learn to hate like this?
Judge Glen Conrad ordered the release of the documents on behalf of a lawsuit filed by University of Virginia Dean Nicole Eramo, who was maligned in the article and is now suing Rolling Stone for defamation…As it looks now, Jackie was infatuated with a fellow freshman named Ryan Duffin, who didn’t reciprocate her feelings. So Jackie made up a fake student, named “Haven Monahan” and created a fake texting account to talk to Duffin to convince him that Jackie was worthy of affection.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow