Discredited researcher cited in guidance for Title IX administrators, critics say

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'A group that represents Title IX professionals is drawing criticism for citing disputed research on the nature of campus sexual assault.

In a recent “position statement,” the Association of Title IX Administrators issued guidance to members on “the consideration of pattern evidence in sexual misconduct investigations and resolutions.”

While ATIXA said it was responding to “contradictory research” as well as court rulings, the work of one researcher it cited, the retired clinical psychologist David Lisak, has come under repeated scrutiny in recent years.

Lisak’s claim that “a select few individuals account for the majority of campus sexual assaults,” as ATIXA summarized it, has heavily influenced how campus officials respond to reported sexual misconduct and how the subject is covered in the media, including the documentary The Hunting Ground.'

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Australia: ‘There is no problem’: Have feminists invented a ‘rape culture’ at universities

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'Universities are supposed to be the epicentre of free thinking and debate but some believe it’s being stifled to satisfy an agenda.

Social commentator Bettina Arndt says she’s being silenced for calling out a concocted rape culture at our tertiary institutions.

There have been several campaigns claiming the rate of sexual assaults on campus has reached epidemic levels.

But Ms Arndt says that’s nonsense.

“I just think it’s appalling that our whole higher education sector is conspiring in a lie about the safety of our campuses.

“The feminists persuaded the Human Rights Commission to spend a million dollars on a survey to try and prove there was a rape culture came they ame up with 0.8 per cent.

“So 99.2% of students said they’d never experienced any sort of sexual assault.

“Of course rape is a really important issue, it’s a criminal offence and rightly so.

“What in the hell are the universities doing pretending there is a problem.”'

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Falsely-accused college soccer star discusses how he has given up sex due to it

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'A football star who was falsely accused of raping a fellow student at a top US university has spoken out about the ordeal that left him 'broken'.

Ciaran McKenna, 20, left his home in Uddingston outside of Glasgow three years ago to study political science and business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina after receiving a £200,000 scholarship to play football for the school.

The 6'4 athlete, who gave up a professional contract with Celtic for the opportunity, had his world fall apart in February 2016 when he was accused of rape.

Mr McKenna was cleared of the accusation and paid a speculated six-figure settlement from Duke, but he said the experience had changed him and he is now abstaining from sex.

The footballer, who is set to graduate from Duke in December, says he plans to move back to Scotland with hopes to resurrect his career with Celtic FC.'

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No, an Invitation to a Debate is not a Catcall

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'In this #MeToo era, feminists are insisting that sexual harassment is everywhere. But a recent spat between rising star of the Democratic Socialists of America, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tells us why it is so hard to take feminist claims about sexual harassment seriously.

Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, hosts a YouTube show and podcast. Last week, he tweeted Ocasio-Cortez to invite her on to his show to debate ‘all the topics under the sun’. ‘We know that you think Republicans are afraid to debate you, or talk to you, or discuss the issues with you’, he said. As an extra incentive, he offered Ocasio-Cortez a $10,000 donation to her campaign to appear.

Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? But two days later, Ocasio-Cortez responded. ‘Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions’, she tweeted. ‘And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to [a response].’

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South Korea’s #MeToo Movement Dealt Blow by Politician’s Acquittal

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'A former political star and presidential hopeful was acquitted of sexual assault charges on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the #MeToo movement in male-dominated South Korea.

The politician, Ahn Hee-jung, was the highest-profile public figure to be accused of such misdeeds since the #MeToo movement gained force in South Korea early this year. He stepped down as governor of South Chungcheong Province and was expelled from President Moon Jae-in’s governing Democratic Party in March after one of his female secretaries claimed in public that Mr. Ahn had repeatedly raped her.

In April, prosecutors indicted Mr. Ahn on charges of abusing his supervisory power over the alleged victim to force her into an unwanted sexual relationship.

Feminist activists rallied behind the alleged victim, Kim Ji-eun, while some people raised questions on social media about Ms. Kim’s claims.'

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What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?

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'The case seems like a familiar story turned on its head: Avital Ronell, a world-renowned female professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University, was found responsible for sexually harassing a male former graduate student, Nimrod Reitman.

An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as “one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world,” responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.” The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”

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Toyota dealership inspired by #MeToo likely discriminated against men, state says

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'A South Florida Toyota dealership looking to bring balance to a male-dominated sales team likely discriminated against men when it advertised exclusively for female sales associates last year, a state commission has determined.

Now a man from New York whose application was rejected by Earl Stewart Toyota in Palm Beach County is battling the car dealership in court and seeking “back pay and front pay from the date the position was filled by a less-qualified individual,” along with damages and attorney fees.

In a 2017 job listing on the website Indeed, Earl Stewart Toyota stated it was “taking the radical approach of actively soliciting women salespeople.”

At the time, the sales team consisted of 22 men and 5 women, a company publicist told the Miami Herald.'

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Lindsay Lohan Apologizes for Criticizing #MeToo

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'In an interview with The Times, Lohan slammed sexual harassment accusers saying they “look weak,” and insisted that some “do it for the attention.”

“Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways. If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment,” the Parent Trap star said. “You make it a real thing by making it a police report.”

But after days of sustained backlash, Lindsay Lohan is now apologizing for her comments.

“I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times,” Lohan told People in a statement, according to PageSix.
The 32-year-old actress also said that she feels “very strongly” about the #MeToo movement and admires the women who have come forward about their experiences.

Lohan also insisted that those who have spoken out have “served to protect those who can’t speak.”'

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UK: Mother blasts 'women only' swimming pool policy

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'The mother says she has complained about the Everyone Active policy for two years but her frustration was reignited when she tried to book a session at another centre.

Everyone Active, which has more than 150 centres across the UK, has a policy which does not allow males of any age to take part in female only sessions.

It means that boys – no matter how young – are banned from the weekly, 90-minute female only swim sessions.'

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The Backlash podcast episode 4: the men's rights movement

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'For our fourth episode of The Backlash podcast, we went inside one of the world’s largest gatherings of men’s rights activists (MRAs) in London, and spoke to some of the men, and women, involved in this anti-feminist movement.

We hear from Alastair (who didn't give us his surname) from the UK fringe political party Justice for Men and Boys which organised the conference. We also speak to Karen Straughan, a revered figure within the MRA movement and “the most famous anti-feminist in the world.”'

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Sexual misconduct: California court says college was unfair to the accused

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'A California appeals court has joined the debate over how colleges should handle sexual misconduct cases, saying a school disciplinary board should require an accuser to attend a hearing and answer questions before suspending or expelling an accused student.

The ruling Wednesday by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles comes while the Trump administration is calling on colleges to set a higher standard of proof in cases of alleged sexual assault or harassment and to strengthen rights of the accused, most of them men. Women’s rights advocates have filed a nationwide suit in San Francisco against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying her new guidelines are based on sex discrimination.
When a student faces “potentially severe consequences” such as suspension, and the outcome depends on the accuser’s credibility, the accuser “must be before the finder of fact,” either in person or by videoconference, Justice Helen Bendix said in the 3-0 ruling.

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SAVE: DOJ Wants to Expand Sex Offender Registry to Include Campus Kangaroo Courts Findings

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How many students do you know have been wrongfully found responsible by a campus disciplinary committee?
Would you believe the Department of Justice is considering a proposal to have these students listed in a public Sex Offender Registry? Here's the notice: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-01/pdf/2018-16430.pdf

Over 100 judges have ruled in favor of students who sued their universities for lack of due process.

It is urgent that we all speak out against this idea. Contact Samantha Opong, SMART Office. Email: Samantha.Opong@usdoj.gov,  Phone: (202) 514-9320.

The SAVE Team

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Feminists turn on Kimmel

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'Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said last week that he’s deferring his acceptance of a major sociology award for six months, over what he called “rumors” about his professional conduct. And while Kimmel’s terminology was criticized as dismissive of his accusers, the harassment allegations against him circulating online and off were then anonymous.

But on Thursday one of Kimmel’s former Stony Brook graduate students put their (the student's preferred pronoun) name behind a detailed account of what they called his explicit sexual talk, homophobia, transphobia and general “lack of respect” for anyone but cisgender heterosexual men. In an essay published in Medium, Bethany M. Coston, now an assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said now was the time to share their experiences.

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There is a gender war

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'Forget the mythical war on women.

What we’re really seeing in American culture is a growing war on men. There’s a bias against men that seeks to demean, devalue and ultimately emasculate normal, healthy men and boys in virtually all aspects of life — the U.S. educational and legal systems, the workplace, pop culture and even modern-day families. And you have the radical left and feminists to thank. Under the banner of championing women’s rights and “female equality” — effectively for decades — they also have been waging “jihad” against their male counterparts.

Take public education. It’s no secret that the American public K-12 school system — in an effort to empower its female students — is now predominantly “teaching to girls,” vs. providing curricula and atmospheres that educate, support and empower all students equally. Of course, education officials won’t admit to any form of bias — intentional or otherwise — as gender discrimination is illegal, but all you have to do is look at college enrollment data and judge for yourself.

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California may mandate a woman in the boardroom, but businesses are fighting it

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'California is moving toward becoming the first state to require companies to have women on their boards –assuming the idea could survive a likely court challenge.

Sparked by debates around fair pay, sexual harassment and workplace culture, two female state senators are spearheading a bill to promote greater gender representation in corporate decision-making. Of the 445 publicly traded companies in California, a quarter of them lack a single woman in their boardrooms.

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