Authorities say University of Alabama student, Emma Mannion claimed she had been raped by two men. Detectives interviewed witnesses and recovered video surveillance which didn’t support her account. The police official said that after being confronted, the student acknowledged falsifying her report, and was later arrested on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report.
Court wins, settlement agreements, positive legislation
A reported sexual assault by a stranger at Austin Peay State University turned out to be false. There was no description of a suspect and the student has since changed her story. “After further investigation, it was determined that the events as described did not occur,” APSU Police Chief said. “The person who reported the incident advised APSU police officers that she was not assaulted by an unknown subject in that area,”
If you are a male or female who has been wrongly accused of sexual assault, you are not alone. Case after case shows the repeated lack of due process, shifted burdens of proof, presumption of guilt, negligence, breach of contract and erroneous outcomes that cause major damage to people’s lives. “The university has too much of an incentive to support only the girl as victim, and deny due process to the boy, for fear of undermining public relations, angering donors, and being punished by the federal government.” In an effort to bring awareness to the issue SOS is posting this article again.
huffingtonpost.com By Jessica Denis
Washington State defensive lineman Robert Barber has been granted a stay of his suspension and allowed to return to the classroom and football field. Barber’s attorney Stephen Graham’s main argument centered on how WSU’s conduct board destroyed any record of questions Barber and his adviser proposed during Barber’s conduct board hearing. Graham alleged that because WSU did not follow its administrative procedures in destroying the questions and thus, the University Appeals Board did not have a complete record from which to make their decision on Barber’s appeal. “It was a good morning and I think the court did right by him, Robert goes to class tomorrow as an actual, full fledged student, none of this online (classes) second class, not-quite-a-Coug stature.” Graham said.
seattletimes.com By Stephanie Loh
With President-elect Donald Trump, advocates for due process have a much better chance of being heard. The Trump transition team is asking you to tell your story and voice your concerns here: https://apply.ptt.gov/yourstory/ Collectively we can tell the stories of our sons and daughters being denied due process rights when falsely accused of campus sexual assault and then unjustly expelled by a Title IX kangaroo court. Together we can ask President-elect Donald Trump to:
- Revoke the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.
- Return due process to all accused students on college campuses:
- All evidence must be provided to the accused.
- Restore right to cross-examination.
- Adjudication hearing should be by panel of peers, rejecting the single-adjudicator model.
- End immediate removal of accused students unless charged by police, restoring principle of innocent until proven guilty.
- Move OCR under the Dept. of Justice.
- Reject victim-centered (believe the accuser) sexual assault investigations.
- First amendment free speech standards should apply on all campuses, such that students are free from harrassment for personal political views.
Friends of SOS, we can make a difference for our falsely accused college students, please take action.
Gratefully, Alice True
So why is it good for college men that Trump won last night even if they don’t know it?
The current administration has manifested an unprecedented hostility to due process for college men accused of sexual assault. We’ve written literally hundreds of posts about it since April 2011 when the the Department of Education issued its infamous “Dear Colleague” letter. For a long time, it was difficult to fathom that any administration could be worse on these issues, but we had every reason to believe that a Hillary Clinton administration would have been worse.
I have warned that political correctness actually is a problem on college campuses, where the far-left has gained institutional power and used it to punish people. What is political correctness? Smug, entitled, elitist, privileged leftists jumping down the throats of ordinary folks who aren’t up-to-date on the latest requirements of progressive society. I warned that political correctness run amok and liberal overreach would lead to a counter-revolution if unchecked. That counter-revolution just happened.
reason.com By Robby Soave
Denison University settled a lawsuit with a former student who sued after being expelled over a sexual assault allegation. A female student who was drinking accused a freshman of assaulting her. According to the young man he walked her home safely, and according to SOS, his Good Samaritan actions got him falsely accused by an embarrassed young girl who was drunk. The young male was expelled following a student disciplinary hearing. The falsely accused male filed suit alleging libel, defamation, negligence and infliction of emotional distress, among other things, and said he was illegally prohibited from using an attorney and presenting evidence or testimony of his innocence.
Denison’s vice president for student development, said that she “cannot confirm that a settlement has been reached, but we can confirm that the case has been dismissed in the courts.” Clarifying, she stated, “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement and together we sought dismissal by the court.”
The falsely accused’s attorney, Eric Rosenberg, said there was a settlement but the case is officially recorded as dismissed because of semantics.
Eric Rosenberg has a growing number of lawsuits filed by young college males who are expelled following campus judicial proceedings. “I’d like to convey to students the risk of being involved with women who have been drinking…. because later she may say she was sexually assaulted.”
A federal jury has awarded $3 million in damages to a former University of Virginia associate dean after finding that a Rolling Stone magazine article sullied her reputation by alleging that she was indifferent to allegations of a gang rape on campus.
washingtonpost.com By T. Rees Shapiro
Wesley College, in Delaware, violated the Title IX rights of a male student who was accused of sexual assault, the Education Department said in findings released on Wednesday. Experts say the case sends a message to colleges about the importance of conducting fair investigations. They say OCR seems to be making a statement about what colleges need to be doing to ensure fairness during sexual-violence investigations.
Title IX Landmark Ruling By Sarah Brown