There IS a sexual assault epidemic raging across America’s colleges and universities, but most liberals have misdiagnosed the problem. Oberlin College, a leading liberal institution, boasted an unbelievable 100 percent conviction rate last year in sexual misconduct cases. Every single victim was vindicated while the rights of the accused were often trampled on.
In 2013, the Obama administration introduced a swath of policy changes intended to reform campus assault policies. Schools were encouraged to investigate cases themselves and convict defendants on the basis of a preponderance of evidence rather than clear and convincing proof. The “show trials” are plague campuses. Oberlin’s conviction rate also raises some serious questions about whether they are pushing the accused towards convictions.
Schools that ignored Obama’s directives risked losing federal funding.
Last summer, a lawsuit was filed by a student whose life was ruined after he was found guilty of sexual assault at a school trial. His accuser smoked marijuana before inviting him over and engaging in sexual activity. She argued that her intoxication confused her and she felt assaulted, although she admits that participated willingly at the time.
“Oberlin knew that failing to appear… (to) be tough on sexual assault alleged by women against men risked substantial negative publicity and a loss of federal funding,” reads the student’s lawsuit.
Young men are being destroyed by overzealous liberals. Real abusers deserve the harshest treatment; stupid kids who have consensual hookups with flighty partners do not.
“At least Oberlin afforded the accused an opportunity to present a defense, which is not always the case,” William A. Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School, said.
“But whether that was a meaningful opportunity or just a procedural formality, is another matter in light of campus pressures to always believe an accuser and to fight ‘rape culture.’”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos created new enemies when she set her department against Obama’s campus sexual assault policies. Liberals recoiled from her proposed changes as though she were she advocating beating victims with a belt.
Yet, every word that she said was reasonable.
“Instead of working with schools … ,” DeVos said, “the prior administration weaponized the Office for Civil Rights.”
“We must do better because the current approach isn’t working… Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously… Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined. These are non-negotiable principles.”
DeVos wants to approach sexual misconduct cases reasonably. Justice isn’t served if the perpetrators walk free.
“What we have now is set of requirements, some of which are mandatory, others of which may or may not be mandatory, but the schools cannot be certain. Typically the schools take every requirement and treat it as mandatory,” said Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education.
“Institutions, in responding to claims of sexual assault, have a responsibility to support the victim and to be fair to both parties… Figuring out exactly how to do that, when there are different stories about what happened, and no witnesses, and almost no evidence, and substance abuse may have been involved, can be extraordinarily difficult.”
Supporters of Obama’s “preponderance of evidence” policy argue that assault cases often lack the evidence necessary to bring them to a real trial. Allowing schools to handle such cases gives victims the chance to protect themselves from their attackers.
Oberlin College, however, took those principles too far. A 100 percent conviction rate is absurd.
“On campuses throughout the country, I’ve seen firsthand how colleges and universities are wrongfully implementing their own kangaroo courts to adjudicate accusations of sexual misconduct and destroying the lives of wrongfully accused male students,” said attorney Andrew Miltenberg.
“Title IX was meant to be a tool for fairness, not a means for colleges and universities to micromanage students’ sex lives.”