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
Court wins, settlement agreements, positive legislation
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
An administrative review has upheld UNC-Chapel Hill’s investigative finding that there was no violation by a suspended UNC football player accused of sexual assault. In a short statement Friday, Kerry Sutton, the attorney who represents Allen Artis, said the university’s original finding had been affirmed by Gena Carter, an administrative reviewer chosen by the university.
newsobserver.com By Jane Stancill
San Diego State University has agreed to pay $10,000 and take other steps to settle a lawsuit filed by a former student who said he was suspended and wrongly accused of sexual assault. Besides the monetary award, the settlement states three employees would be sent to a Civil Rights Investigator Training and Certification course. Attorney Lombardo, who represented Sousa in his first lawsuit against SDSU, said the request for training was an attempt to prevent others from being wrongly accused. “If they’re going to identify an offender, they need to do it in a measured, thoughtful and methodical way,” he said. Sousa said he did not seek a large monetary settlement because he did not want taxpayers burdened with the cost. “No amount of money can compensate for what I went through,” he said. “My main objective was to vindicate my name.”
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
Candice Jackson, is The Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new pick to head up the Office for Civil Rights. Candice Jackson, is an attorney who graduated with honors from Stanford University. Jackson penned for the Review during her senior year, and wrote “How I Survived Stanford Without Entering the Women’s Center”…”In today’s society, women have the same opportunities as men to advance their careers, raise families, and pursue their personal goals,” she continued, “College women who insist on banding together by gender to fight for their rights are moving backwards, not forwards.”
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is beginning to assess campus sexual harassment and assault practices put in place by the Obama administration, policies which many claim violate the due process rights of accused persons… DeVos met with Georgia state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, who has sued the federal education department over the 2011 guidance which, he says, is “unconstitutional,” citing a lack of due process for the accused. “You cannot make a law just because you’re some bureaucrat that lives in a hole in Washington, D.C., and you have a whim,” Ehrhart said. “When you accuse someone of a crime, a heinous crime, or when you threaten their entire life and career and everything else and threaten to take that away, then it rises to the level of this type of due process,”
breitbart.com By Dr. Susan Berry