'An ongoing federal crackdown on campus sexual assault has brought the issue to the forefront on college campuses, and sparked debate between victims' activists and advocates for the accused.
The federal government took decisive action last year against campus sexual assault, announcing investigations of dozens of schools, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University, for their handling of complaints. The inquiries followed President Barack Obama's formation of a task force, announced a year ago last week, that suggested ways of preventing and responding to assaults.
Supporters of the campaign say the response is long overdue after years of universities ignoring or giving lip service to women who reported assault. But critics say federal and school officials are going too far, trampling the due process rights of the accused and punishing them, in some instances, for consensual sex.
"They are making a mess out of things, making a hot mess out of going to college," said Deborah Gordon, a Bloomfield Hills attorney who represents a student who is suing several UM officials over his suspension for sex-assault allegations. "What the government has done is to take a bunch of political soundbites and thrown people's due process rights out."'
Video report here. So what do you think of this? More and more it rather seems schools are hostile towards boys. It may be true that the little boy was misbehaving but what do you want to bet there would be outrage if a male teacher had done this to a female child regardless of "reasons"?
'At the height of my sluglike summer viewing regime last week, I sat down to watch Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, as a) it was on TV and b) I had managed to miss it both in cinemas and on its home entertainment release.
Within about fifteen minutes' worth of screen time, give or take a few ear-searing ads for car insurance, I was bored witless. Not because I don't like Russell Crowe or Paul Bettany (they were fine) or Ron Howard (Parenthood!), but because I have already seen this movie, about a million times.
By "this movie", I mean the tale of the complex white male genius, and boy hasn't it been a banner year for them.
And since I'm quite certain Hollywood will continue to pump out these tales of white male achievement at a rate of knots, it's time for us to treat them the way these films treat anyone who isn't their beloved complex white man: with a conspicuous lack of attention.'
'Indeed, UVA provided a perfect example of the moral bankruptcy one often finds at the average American college. In the wake of the Rolling Stone article, the university suspended Greek life on campus with no due process whatsoever; a University of Virginia law school student demanded that Phi Kappa Psi be treated as a “criminal street gang” subject to asset seizure by the government; the fraternity house was vandalized; and effectively the entire university lined up against a group of young men who had been viciously slandered in a national media outlet based on the strength of one uncorroborated and unexamined accusation. “The whole [fraternity] culture,” claimed UVA English professor Alison Booth, with no irony whatsoever, “is sick.”
'It used to be that women couldn’t speak until they were spoken to. But now, apparently, women often can’t speak even when they’re spoken to because they’ve been conditioned to believe they shouldn’t unless a man has spoken first.
At least that’s the opinion of the Canadian professors who want to make it official school policy that you have to call on female students first in class:
“I do think, in general, there are a lot of studies that indicate women, girls are socialized not to speak first. . . . And so to make a conscious rule, a deliberate rule that is explicit, that ‘no, men are not allowed to speak first,’ is certainly a strong way of addressing that issue,” said Jacqueline Warwick, a professor of musicology and former coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies Programs at Dalhousie University.
We have to say, okay, quiet down men! Let the little ladies have a turn before you start talking in your big scary man-voices! Will somebody please tell me how something this demeaning could be considered feminism?'
'Amherst College and an unnamed student have settled a lawsuit over the college’s decision last year to withhold his diploma over his alleged rape of another student in 2009, according to The Republican, a newspaper in Springfield, Mass. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, so it was unclear if the college had paid the student, identified in court documents as “John Doe,” any of the $2-million he had demanded.
The student’s accuser, identified as Student A, said he had spoken to college officials about the alleged 2009 encounter but never filed a formal complaint about it. The college withheld the diploma after Student A restated the complaint a week before the 2014 commencement.'
'Domestic assault charges against U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo were dismissed by a judge in Washington state on Tuesday, her attorney said.
"Today's decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life," Solo said on Facebook. "I always had faith that once the facts of the case were presented, I would be cleared of all charges, and I am so happy and relieved to finally have it all behind me."
CNN affiliate KOMO reported that attorney Todd Maybrown successfully argued in court that he couldn't depose witnesses for the prosecution because they refused to be questioned despite a court order.
Solo, who holds the national team record for most shutouts, didn't appear in court. She was in Carson, California, at the squad's training camp in preparation for the upcoming World Cup.'
'On Monday Solo's husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Solo was in the car at the time and according to a TMZ report was "acting belligerently" toward police and was nearly arrested herself.
On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer suspended solo for 30 days, saying, "Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates. We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."
"In a sense it's the straw that broke the camel's back," Soccerwire.com editor Charles Boehm said. "I think there's real concern that she just can't stay out of trouble."'
'The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday is being accused of discriminating against male bartenders and servers because the company hired only women for summer positions at its Park City, Utah, location.
According to The Oregonian, a federal lawsuit filed last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking an injunction that would prevent Ruby Tuesday from depriving men employment opportunities based on their gender.
The suit also is looking to force the company to end wrongful employment practices and to compensate two male workers who were denied jobs in the summer of 2013.
Andrew Herrera and Joshua Bell, who worked at Ruby Tuesday locations in Oregon and Missouri, respectively, are being represented by EEOC lawyers.'
'The individual that Sulkowicz has accused of sexual assault says that this is a defamation campaign against him because he hasn’t actually been found guilty of anything. What is your response to that?
This is an issue that campuses are struggling with across the whole country. If you listen to the survivors, this is an issue that hasn’t gone away. There is enormous prevalence. And survivors have a right to be heard and to be able to tell their stories and to be able to get justice and to have a reform in the system so that the incentives aren’t to shove this under the rug. Schools have no incentive to report these incidents of sexual assault and rape. The survey done by the Senate showed that 40 percent of schools had never reported any rapes. Obviously they are not reporting, and so we have to have an ability to flip the incentives to hold schools accountable and to incentivize them to not only report but to meet their Title IX requirements. We also have to be able to have online surveys where all students can report whether or not they feel safe in a confidential way and what has happened to them.
But is it okay for his name to be out in public if he hasn’t been formally charged?
My job is to talk about reforms and be able to talk about the stories of survivors. My job is to create legislation that reforms this issue across all schools and to make sure that it doesn’t happen to someone else.'
'Paul Nungesser was found “not responsible” for sexually assaulting another student at Columbia University. The student who accused him, Emma Sulkowicz, has since began carrying a mattress around the university as part of an art project to protest a finding she claims was unfair.
Sulkowicz’s activism earned her an invitation to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. When Nungesser heard of the invitation, he blasted the senator for rewarding Sulkowicz’s attacks against him.
Nungesser reminded people that the university, after a seven-month long investigation, found him not responsible in 2013 — even in the current atmosphere where colleges are encouraged to find students guilty to appease political interests. Nungesser also pointed out that he cooperated with police after Sulkowicz filed a report (after the university found him not responsible) and that prosecutors declined to pursue the case.'
'Arthur Chu wrote a wandering epithet over at Salon on “bitter nerd” Scott Aaronson’s rant against feminism. Aaronson’s complaints as detailed in Chu’s piece are far from new. As a graduate teaching assistant I had many male students (rather nerdy types) walk out of film theory classes declaring they were “horrible people” and “secret rapists” because they were born male. In the wake of the campus rape lies of 2014, who can blame these guys for believing feminism is conducting its own War Against Men:
"This is not a debate about gender roles. It is not about economics or the esoterica of hateful radicals in an ivory tower. This is a war, an ideological campaign to smear all men as moral monsters. It is not a war against “patriarchy” or some imagined evil rich guy. This is a war on men as such – of all races and social classes. It is a war against your brothers, sons, fathers, friends and relatives. And right now, the bad guys and girls are winning."
Would it? The reality is that abstinence has become the only 100% guaranteed way to avoid being falsely accused of sexual assault. That reality check highlights the long-forgotten intrinsic value of abstinence culture. The moralists who promoted that antiquated agenda understood that the allure of sexuality and the power of sex needed to be contextualized through marriage so societal order could be maintained. When society rejected marriage culture, it implicitly accepted the second-wave feminist alternative. Hence, every man is a rapist and every woman a victim.
'For 1 in 5 women, their dream school will become a nightmare.' RADiUS and CNN Films lift the lid on America's dirty little secret in the first trailer for the haunting documentary The Hunting Ground. This startling look at the rampant violence spreading across colleges around the country will have its world premiere on Friday, Jaunary 23rd as part of the Sundance Film Festival. It then opens in select theaters nationwide on March 20.
From the makers of 2012's The Invisible War comes a shocking expose of rape crimes on US campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue - despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath - both their education and justice.'
'In response to a public records inquiry, the Oak Ridge Police Department has released investigative reports in a case where a woman claims she was raped in June by a police officer or security guard.
The department at first refused the News Sentinel’s request for the initial incident report, saying the report wasn’t subject to public disclosure during a pending investigation.
The records request reversal came after Anderson District Attorney General Dave Clark said last month he was putting the high-profile case on “inactive but open” status.
Clark said no suspect was ever identified, the woman gave conflicting statements, and her story might have been sparked by jealousy because she came from California to find her ex-boyfriend living with another woman.'
'Riverside City College student who reported being the victim of an attempted rape inside a women’s restroom on campus has recanted her story, authorities announced Friday.
On Jan. 15, the student told police she was washing her hands in first floor restroom at the Math/Science Building when she noticed a man standing behind her, according to the Riverside City College Police Department.
She said the man pushed her to the ground and attempted to rape her, but she managed to fend him off by stabbing him with a pencil, the release stated.
Video footage, a lack of physical evidence, including blood or the pencil, and other factors led investigators to question the student’s claims, according to Police Chief Jim Miyashiro.'
'I am compelled to write this letter about the Rolling Stone article (fall 2014) concerning a women raped at a fraternity party at University of Virginia by a number of men identified by one name and fact. It now appears that this is a false story perpetuated by people who have a bias against fraternities.
The university leaders at UVA acted precipitously against all fraternities without learning that the fraternity did not have a party at the time stated, that it did not have a member with the name used and that no member of the fraternity held a position at the natatorium at the time of the alleged rape.
I am a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, one that was founded at UVA. I was Grand Master of my chapter, faculty and alumni adviser to a chapter at a top engineering university, MS&T at Rolla. I was faculty adviser to a chapter at New Mexico State University. I know a lot about university leadership, having been a chaired professor, head of a department, dean and vice president.
(Fraternity) members learn many skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. Examples are leadership, financial management, conflict resolution, training methods, mentorship and other valuable skills. I have talked to many business and national leaders who were in fraternities. They have validated the value of these college experiences.'
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