This should be Good News. The Washington Post conducted a review of federal campus safety data from over 2,220 colleges, the newspaper’s analysis showed that over 1,300 those colleges had zero reported rapes on campus in 2014… But darn it all, here come the ladies crying fowl. One U.S. Senator is accusing colleges of knowingly sweeping rapes “under the rug” with zero actual evidence, aside from her own preconceived notions of reality. And the other, is making a bizarre statement about wanting to see reports going up and incidents going down. But, again, her preconceived notion of reality seemingly prevents her from believing that there could actually be no incidents of rape to report.
lawnewz.com by Chris White
A former University of Virginia School of Law student filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Department of Education’s unlawful mandate that colleges abandon due process protections and try sexual misconduct cases using the lowest standard of evidence. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is sponsoring the lawsuit.
This case is clearly being used to whip a new moral panic about campus rape and “rape culture,” which will be used to step up the policing of consensual sex and punish innocent people (most but not all of them men). Whatever one thinks of the sentence, letting self-righteous outrage mobs and ideological zealots such as Stanford law professor Michele Dauber shape law and policy is extremely dangerous.
allthink.com By Cathy Young
OCR found insufficient evidence that Occidental violated Title IX, “except with respect to the issue of promptness in several cases during the 2012-13 school year.” In short, OCR seems to approve of the idea that due process can be achieved after a questionable hearing by simply lessening the repercussions an accused student suffers… it is essential to remember that due process protections must be provided before the fact-finders reach their conclusion.
thefire.org By Susan Kruth
What if it turned out colleges were ignoring OCR’s impartiality requirement, and instead training investigators to adhere to “victim-centered” approaches, which in practice means “always believe the victim”?..This is the story of a Title IX investigator who met with a female accuser who then texted a friend “said he would do everything in his power to convict him[accused] bcuz he is on my side :)” When the investigator met with the accused he conveyed an antagonistic attitude, admitted that he was “leaning toward expulsion,” even before the investigation had been concluded, refused to allow his attorney to view the accuser’s statements, and ordered the attorney to “shut up”.
campusreform.org By E. Everett Bartlett
Here is the truth that the Left will never acknowledge- the hook-up culture they celebrate and defend is the greatest petri dish for enabling rape and sexual assault imaginable. It does women no favors to tell them that the way they drink is irrelevant.
nationalreview.com By Mona Charen
Another day, another dubious study shared without critical thought throughout a media desperate to prove rape and sexism are everywhere. The survey, as with all other surveys purporting to show rampant rape among college students — especially athletes and fraternity members — had some limitations… It appears the researchers set out with an agenda, and designed a study to prove that agenda.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
The past two weeks saw three updates to lawsuits filed by students accused of campus sexual assault and one new filing: Brown University. After she found out the male student was interested in one of her friends the female student accused the male student of sexual assault. University of Cincinnati. The burden of proof was shifted onto the accused students, the university’s process was biased…Amherst College. A male student entered a black-out state, received oral sex from a female student and two years later she accused him of sexually assaulting her. Lynn University. The female accuser reported the rape to campus security, who turned it over to police, who investigated the case and determined it to be “unfounded.”
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
The Education and Justice Departments have already gone far to subvert the norm that students accused of sexual assault retain individual rights. Under new standards promulgated this spring, students can be punished before any disciplinary hearing has been held, and sometimes after anonymous allegations. In other words, students should have their academic careers or economic futures derailed before any adult has examined the evidence, assessed the credibility of the witnesses, or provided a fair and impartial inquiry… False accusations are not unknown, especially among immature or unstable young people.
iwf.org By Charlotte Hays
Lynn University let a sexual-assault accuser bring her lawyer and repeatedly “intervene” in a conduct hearing, while the accused student’s adviser – his mother – had to remain silent…The accused student, whose athletic and academic scholarships were revoked, said Lynn yanked him off the baseball team several weeks before his hearing. All available evidence shows their sex was “fully consensual.”
thecollegefix.com By Peter Maxwell