Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania has settled a lawsuit brought by a student accused of sexual assault, admitting the school acted unfairly in charging the student…His case should serve as a reminder for other colleges that if they treat accused students as guilty until proven innocent and deny them due process in kangaroo courts, they will be sued.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Allison Strange talks weekly with mothers of accused college rapists, who say the system was stacked against their sons
“I walked up and I looked, and Josh said, ‘Mom, I’m gone. They don’t want me here anymore. I can’t stay. They’ve expelled me.'”
“How in the world can we be in a situation where someone’s words – without any evidence, without any witnesses, without anything – how in the world can someone’s life be turned upside down, or basically ruined?” Strange said.
In the aftermath, Allison and Josh Strange formed the group Families Advocating for Campus Equality that pushes for universities to get out of the business of adjudicating sexual assault cases.
america.aljazeera.com by Nicole Grether & Christof Putzel
On the night in question, the female student was playing drinking games with friends in her dorm when the male student texted her. A conversation ensued, with texts that read to an outsider like ambivalent flirtatiousness on the woman’s part, but that she later said were her efforts to head off a sexual encounter.
“Don’t let me try to seduce you though,” she texted at one point, followed by a second: “Because that is a distinct possibility.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com By Ruth Marcus
One thing that’s helped shift the conversation toward treating men as allies, rather than potential rapists, is research indicating that most college men don’t commit sexual assault….
Harvard has adopted procedures for deciding cases of alleged sexual misconduct which lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process, are overwhelmingly stacked against the accused, and are in no way required by Title IX law or regulation. Here our concerns include but are not limited to the following:
washingtonpost.com Signed by 28 Harvard lawyers
Attorneys are available 24/7 and provide “at least” 30 minutes of time to a member, “perhaps even up to an hour” depending on the attorney’s judgment. Students who claim their schools botched sexual-assault proceedings against them, such as at Amherst College and Occidental College, have gone to court to clear their academic records.
Caleb Warner is just one casualty in the federal government’s assault on campus due process. Last month, his mother announced the launching of a new nonprofit called Families Advocating for Campus Equality (FACE). Warner-Seefeld’s co-founders, Allison Strange and Judith Grossman, also have sons who experienced the nightmare of false accusations and subsequent railroading by university courts
www.nationalreview.com By Caroline Kitchens
Some boy-meets-girl stories are charming and romantic; others are chilling and repellent. This is a true story, fully documented in police reports and a handful of brief local news stories. Though this incident occurred at a small Iowa university, other cases like this happen far more often than most people realize.