A New York Times article provided a view into the distressing fight that mothers take on to clear their sons who are accused of sexual assault on campus. The stories of these women provide a fresh reminder that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was right to rescind the Obama Administrations guidelines about combating campus sexual assault. Those guidelines eroded rights of accused students and led to a perverse environment on campuses. In many cases, the young men are cleared, but their lives can’t return to “normal” because assault allegations have damaged their name, reputation, and career and education prospects. iwf.org By P. L. Onwuka
STATS & Accusers who Lied
Misinterpreting 1 in 5 data, & Accusers who have lied (for attention) about being assaulted
Officials say an attempted sex assault reported to Michigan State University police didn’t actually happen. The accused were described to police as three black men, all wearing MSU clothing. But investigators now believe the report was false. Police made the determination based on interviews with witnesses and a review of surveillance footage.
usatoday.com By C. Haxel
A former Sacred Heart University student, accused of making up rape allegations against two football players to gain sympathy from a prospective boyfriend, was denied a pretrial probation program Friday. “This kind of false report is lethal to all true victims,” Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis stated in denying accelerated rehabilitation for 19-year-old Nikki Yovino. “Her actions altered two lives in a significant way. If not for the extraordinary efforts involved in this investigation, the lives of these two young men could have been altered much more severely.”
ctpost.com By Daniel Tepfer
Liberty University says a reported abduction and sexual assault in September was not true. On September 28, LU released a statement saying that a student was sexually assaulted after being offered a ride to her dorm…After further investigation, LU officials say there was no abduction by a stranger or otherwise.
wset.com by Catherine Doss
According to a recent headline by Rasmussen Reports, “Most Americans Agree with DeVos on Sexual Misconduct Cases.” That headline however is an understatement. Respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with DeVos’s statement that “Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously. Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined.” 73 percent agreed with that statement, compared to only 6 percent who disagreed, leaving 20 percent not sure how they felt about it.
thefire.org By Joe Cohn
Proskauer’s Higher Education group released a report on lawsuits brought by students accused of sexual misconduct. Their report reviews 130 federal and state court complaints filed by students across the country between January 2011 and December 2016 who claim violation of their rights during a Title IX investigation.
Stanford has joined Yale as one of the only two American universities required by the federal government to outline its campus sexual assault adjudications, and both offer grim statistics that don’t hold up to much rational analysis…Stanford’s data suggests not an epidemic but instead, a campus environment in which students (perhaps understandably, responding to a radicalized campus culture) bring allegations that are so dubious even Stanford’s procedures can’t justify a guilty finding.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
It’s frightening that legal minds and educated people see the inclusion of due process rights as “an attack on survivor rights.” More sensible people realize that due process is not an impediment to justice, but in fact necessary to ensure fairness. In a recent survey from the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, respondents overwhelmingly agreed that due process is necessary for those accused of the heinous crime of sexual assault. Sixty-five percent of Democrats, 77 percent of Republicans, and 67 percent of Independents told researchers they agreed with the statement: “Students accused of crimes on college campuses should receive the same civil liberties protections from their colleges that they receive in the court system.”
thefederalist.com By Ashe Schow
Colgate University’s student population was 4.2 percent black in the 2013-2014 academic year. Fifty percent of the alleged sexual violations reported to the central New York university that year were against black males. They were 40 percent of the students “formally adjudicated.” Men of color- and especially foreign men of color, students from Africa and Asia- were uniquely defenseless when charged with sexual assault, typically lacking financial resources, a network of support, and an understanding of their rights.
Assertions about how trauma physiologically impedes the ability to resist or coherently remember assault have greatly undermined defense against assault allegations. But science offers little support for these claims… Listen to the audio version of this article soundcloud.com: the-bad-science-behind-campus-response-emily-yoff:
theatlantic.com By Emily Yoffe This is the second story in a three-part series examining how the rules governing sexual-assault adjudication have changed in recent years, and why some of those changes are problematic. Read the first installment here, and the third one here.