Adam Kissel, a senior program officer at the Charles Koch Foundation, was tapped on Monday to serve as deputy assistant secretary for higher-education programs at the U.S. Department of Education… Mr. Kissel took a strong stand against the [2011 DCL] guidance when he was working at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, which advocates for free speech and due-process rights on campuses. FIRE has opposed the guidance in the Dear Colleague letter and is backing a lawsuit against the department to try to overturn it.
chronicle.com By Sarah Brown
Positive legislation, Charges Dropped Against Males, Girls Charged for Making False Accusations
The Red Pill is a 2016 documentary that follows the journey of Cassie Jaye through the mysterious and polarizing Men’s Rights Movement. Cassie, a self described Feminist, decides to do the one thing that no other Feminist ever does; listen to opposing views and try to understand them. The documentary covers several topics related to men’s right activism like family court and custody disputes, false rape accusations, reproductive rights, Feminism and father’s rights. No sooner had the documentary been released than Feminists begun protests, both online and in real life, to get the movie censored.
A company offering “groper insurance” (technically a “false groping accusation benefit” policy) which guarantees to provide immediate legal assistance if its male insureds are falsely accused of groping, reports a growing number of customers-at least in Japan. In the U.S. perhaps male college students should be purchasing the same protection. Law professor John Banzhaf reports that many young men in college initially confronted with a [TIX] rape accusation make serious mistakes in responding; mistakes which can very seriously damage their chances of later putting on a successful defense. College males do not know where to turn for legal advise and counsel…having legal counsel to knowledgeably advise the student what to do and what not to do can be very important…just as many auto insurance companies tell their insureds what they should do, and not do, if they are involved in an automobile accident.
valuewalk.com By John Banzhaf
An influential group of law professors has once again declined to recommend that state governments enact policies favoring accusers in sexual assault cases, changes that already have been adopted by many colleges and universities. ALI is a professional association of judges, lawyers and legal scholars that has shaped many laws in this country since it was founded in 1923. If the ALI endorsed a new approach to sexual assault laws, it would almost certainly serve as a model for state legislatures across the country.
realclearinvestigations.com By Ashe Schow
Researchers behind the 1-in-5 statistic explain how their results are misinterpreted. “Taking the 1-in-5 statistic and applying it universally, or using it politically, is a misleading representation. People have taken our work from previous studies and used 1-in-5 from it. They create statistics that they then want to use as if they’re a national average, or that this is the magnitude of the problem everywhere. We’ve never said that. But that’s how it gets used..Reductive, one-size-fits-all data leads to policies that might not help much.” Dr. Krebs.
weeklystandard.com By Alice B. Lloyd
He’s innocent…Following a day long trial, a jury took thirty minutes to acquit Zimbabwean student Ezra Zigarwi who had been accused of rape and aggravated sexual battery by a fellow female student. The following month, Zigarwi also was cleared at an on-campus sexual misconduct hearing and he has since re-enrolled at the school. That same month he filed suit against the female who wrongly accused him. Zigarwi’s suit alleges that after his acquittal, his accuser intentionally published false statements about him on social media and in an online petition. He also seeks to restrict the defendant from making statements about her allegations, and asks that she be forced to remove any online statements or posts about it. In an amended complaint filed Tuesday Zigarwi’s suit claims defamation and negligence and asks for $500,000 in damages.
roanoke.com By Neil Harvey
Senior “John Doe” won a preliminary injunction against the school Monday, ensuring that he will be able to complete his final exams this semester. When asked at the preliminary injunction hearing why an attorney is not allowed to participate in the hearing, a university official said it’s because the proceedings are “educational.” According to a federal judge that just ruled against the university, being thrown out of school, not being permitted to graduate and forfeiting a semester’s worth of tuition is “punishment“ in any reasonable sense of that term. Most importantly, the judge wrote: “The public has an interest in fundamentally fair and sound educational discipline that is not imposed arbitrarily or capriciously.”
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
“Accidents happen—that’s why we have emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill.” Planned Parenthood website.
Well, regret happens, too. Regret does not equal rape. That’s precisely why falsely accused students need the protection of a “Morning-After Bill.”
The Morning-After Bill will help ensure a night of consensual sex, followed by next day regret of the once-willing partner, will not amount to a false accusation charge of rape in attempt to rid oneself of regret, embarrassment and a host of other feelings. Unlike the Morning-After Pill, a person can’t “un-do” the sex they had the night before by blaming someone for their once-willing behavior. The Morning-After Bill will help ensure regret does not equal rape and guarantee due process is granted to both parties. To young college women, I implore you, do not blame someone else for your actions that at one time were exactly what you wanted.
dailycaller.com By Renee Jolly, A concerned parent speaking out
John Doe has settled with Lynn University after he was suspended for a year over a sexual assault accusation that local police ultimately determined was “unfounded.” Police deemed the female’s accusation “unfounded”after viewing campus video surveillance that showed the accuser right before and after her encounter with Doe- walking normally and talking to friends. Within 30 minutes of her encounter with Doe, she was seen holding two cups of liquid from the dining hall, and balancing on one foot and pushing the elevator door button with the other. Footage from just after the encounter showed the accuser with her arms around two other men, laughing and smiling. Again, she used her foot to kick the elevator door button….The accuser made statements suggesting she was not raped and said her friends “encouraged her” to report, as did her parents. Despite clear evidence indicating no rape occurred, Lynn University still suspended Doe for one year.
TheFederalist.com By Ashe Schow
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