“My biggest fear: getting accused when that didn’t actually happen”..Andrew, like every other male college student interviewed for this article, underwent at least some form of college-mandated orientation program tackling sexual assault. But it seems young men are confused and fearful themselves around the new climate and codification of sexual relations on campus..Young men are now expected to navigate the changing and increasingly nuanced ways consent is discussed—or, rather understand and recognize the ways consent has not been reached.
thedailybeast.com by Emily Shire
College presidents have long considered alcohol to be one of the biggest problems they face on campus— the pendulum has swung completely the other way, and we find ourselves in a landscape where the key talking points address everything but alcohol…when President Obama released his extensive guidelines on how to address campus sexual assault, the section on prevention never even mentioned the word “alcohol.”..And yet. High-profile assault cases keep unfolding in the media, many of them under a foggy haze of booze.
texasmonthly.com By Sarah Hepola
“Believe the victim” — the mantra of today’s feminist anti-rape movement — is a remarkably prominent theme in Miller’s play…advocates for “survivors” of sexual violence argue that since such crimes virtually always take place in private, especially when victim and offender know each other, it is imperative to believe those who come forward with accusations…To see “The Crucible” as a parable for the campus anti-rape crusade raises the touchy issue of false accusations as vengeance for sexual rejection.
realclearpolitics.com By Cathy Young
Napolitano Criticizes OCR Overreach and Questions Colleges’ Ability to Investigate and Adjudicate Campus Sex Assault Cases
Napolitano powerfully fleshes out the harm caused by imposing mandates without consulting stakeholders first: college campuses are being asked to serve in multiple roles…But the federal government’s expectations, especially related to investigations and adjudication, seem better-suited to a law enforcement model rather than a complex, diversely populated academic community found on a modern American campus…administrative investigators lack many of the tools necessary to meet the heightened expectations placed on them by these new regulatory requirements…Are these roles that are well suited for our nation’s institutions of higher education?
thefire.org By Joseph Cohn
…the recent rhetorical fury about “rape culture” is actually an attempt to move the goalposts, in such a way as to criminalize normal male sexual behavior. Under the rules of “affirmative consent,” any attempt by a male to initiate sexual activity with a female, under any circumstances, is presumed to be sexual assault if she says it was. If a man and a woman have any sexual contact whatsoever — a kiss, a hug, anything — and she subsequently claims this contact was “unwanted,” “unwelcome” or “coerced,” then he is presumed guilty of sexual assault.
… people who are wrongly accused are left to fend for themselves, despite the fact that a false or wrongful rape claim is among the most traumatic and life-altering events that can happen to anyone. The insensitivity shown to men and boys wrongly accused of sexual assault is unconscionable.
Don’t let ideology ever trump justice — for women who are wrongly disbelieved or for men who are wrongly accused — and don’t shy away from precise questions, to clarify what “rape” is when we talk about rape…We need to draw distinctions between behavior that is criminal, behavior that is stupid and behavior that results from the dance of ambiguity.
latimes.com By Carol Tavris
“Only in an Orwellian world would students be smeared as sex offenders for violating a policy that didn’t even exist,” notes SAVE spokesperson Sheryle Hutter…affirmative consent is a controversial, possibly unconstitutional policy, and most colleges had not implemented the policy when AAU fielded the survey in April 2015.
saveservices Press release
Something is making many young women and more than a few young men unhappy…Although it would seem obvious to warn students about the dangers of excessive drinking, political correctness forbids it…Some of the most famous campus rape stories have turned out, upon closer examination, to be murky…Dozens of male students have also begun to sue universities, claiming violations of due process, or sometimes that they were victims of sex discrimination.
thefederalist.com By Mona Charen
The researchers said themselves that “there are caveats that make it inappropriate to use the 1-in-5 number in the way it’s being used today, …and warned that “the 1-in-5 statistic is not a nationally representative estimate of the prevalence of sexual assault.”
nypost.com By Madison Iszler