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Started by Pacman7331, Jul 30, 2014, 06:40 PM

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It would be hard to get out in front of some members of Congress in trash-talking their own herd. Yet on Wednesday, four Democratic and four Republican Senators standing together in front of TV cameras had something unalloyed to say for themselves: "There may be hope for us yet,'' Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told reporters at a news conference announcing the introduction of a truly bipartisan campus sexual assault bill.

The most important thing the law would do is force universities to recalculate the cost of hiding a problem so widespread that in surveys, one woman in five says she's been assaulted during college. Currently, schools that dutifully report such attacks to the Department of Education, as they're required to do under Title IX, wind up looking worse than schools whose officials skirt the rules and hope for the best.

Just how common are attempts to pretend assaults only happen on other campuses? Well, at the universities my 18-year-old daughter and I visited over the last two years, I routinely asked the appropriate officials how many sexual assault reports they'd had in the last year -- and was repeatedly told their number was zero, even though some of those schools I knew had high-profile cases. Helpfully, officials at two schools did volunteer info about notorious cases on other nearby campuses, though.

Right now, the only stick the Department of Education has to try to get schools to comply is the threat that the university could, theoretically, lose every cent of its federal funding.

That's "like me telling my kids I'm never going to speak to them again" if they don't shape up, said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who held a recent series of roundtable discussions on campus sexual assault and surveyed 350 colleges on their current practices. Could any threat be emptier?

Under the proposed bill, the Department of Education could impose fines of up to 1 percent of a school's budget -- which in the case of, say, Harvard University, would add up to a tidy $42 million.

The bill, which McCaskill said she'd like to see on the Senate calendar in September, also would require training for staff and regular surveys of students, and it would provide funding for a confidential advisor for each student who reports an assault.

Other co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) , Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)

Astonishingly, every one of them had something intelligent to say on the issue and none sounded as though he or she had been briefed by an aide on the way over.

"Sometimes the victim is treated worse than the person who has committed the crime,'' said Grassley, while Rubio declared that there can no longer be any "special preference because someone can dunk a basketball or throw a ball 80 yards down the field."

Ayotte noted that in 20 percent of the schools surveyed, "we have actually found evidence that athletic programs [themselves] have investigated sexual assaults."

Annie Clark, a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina and co-founder of an advocacy group called End Rape on Campus, said that after she reported being raped at UNC, she was told by a university staffer that "rape is like a football game; you should look back on it and think about what you could have done differently.' ''

Her own message to others who have been assaulted is a little different: "You're not alone, it's not your fault, and we believe you."

A young woman named Anna, who was the subject of a recent story in the New York Times and who asked to be identified only by her first name, said she had reported being attacked by multiple football players early in her freshman year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.

"I stand here today, and I'm not okay," she said at the news conference. Though a nurse examiner found evidence of blunt force trauma, the district attorney closed the case a day after it was referred to him, and the student was found not responsible at a campus disciplinary hearing.

Anna's mother, Susan, said in a tremulous voice how proud she was of her daughter and of others who have reported assaults despite enormous pressure to keep quiet. She asked senators to fight to get the bill onto the floor "also for those who didn't make it, for Jeanne Clery's parents and Lizzy Seeberg's parents and many, many more.'' Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm at Lehigh University in 1986, and Seeberg committed suicide in 2010, 10 days after reporting that she'd been sexually assaulted by a Notre Dame football player. Tuesday would have been her 23rd birthday.

Gillibrand, too, said she wanted to thank both those present and those "who aren't here today."

In concluding his remarks, on a day that also produced nearly unanimous passage in the House of a Veterans Affairs reform package, Rubio said, "I pray this doesn't get caught up in all the other things that go on in this city"-- politics, he meant.

But Gillibrand said she actually didn't think that would be a problem, and McCaskill said the only real obstacle will be "trying to elbow our way" onto the schedule in the fall.

After the cameras were turned off and most reporters had gone, McCaskill and Gillibrand hugged each of the five survivors. "You all kicked it,'' McCaskill told them. "You just kicked it."

Already responded with:

"Force colleges to better handle it? You mean to return the standard of evidence back to "clear and convincing" instead of "preponderance of the evidence" (50/50 coin toss)? Little to nothing is done to protect men against false accusations.  

Men are already targeted as rapists under the current policy set in place by Obama, and convicted by a coin toss:

The man accused of sexual assault cannot cross examine or confront his accuser.

The 1 in 4 rape statistic is a lie.

Women lie about rape:  

"A review of 556 rape accusations filed against Air Force personnel found that 27% of women later recanted. Then 25 criteria were developed based on the profile of those women, and then submitted to three independent reviewers to review the remaining cases. If all three reviewers deemed the allegation was false, it was categorized as false. As a result, 60% of all allegations were found to be false."

(McDowell CP. False allegations. Forensic Science Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 1985)

"With the cooperation of the police agency of a small metropolitan community, 45 consecutive, disposed, false rape allegations covering a 9 year period were studied. These false rape allegations constitute 41% the total forcible rape cases (n = 109) reported during this period. These false allegations appear to serve three major functions for the complainants: providing an alibi, seeking revenge, and obtaining sympathy and attention. False rape allegations are not the a consequence of a gender-linked aberration, as frequently claimed, but reflect impulsive and desperate efforts to cope with personal and social stress situations."

(Eugene J. Kanin, "False rape allegations." Archives of Sexual Behavior, Feb 1994 v23 n1 p81(12))

Little to nothing is done to protect men against false accusations.  

AAUP has come out against the tyranny:

Gimmie some backup guys... =)


AAUP has come out against the tyranny:

Unfortunately, based on the penultimate paragraph of the letter, the AAUP's interest is limited to faculty members who could face dismissal under the preponderance-of-evidence standard for sexual harassment. It has nothing to say about students; and the overwhelming majority of cases featured on the site involve male students accused of and 'adjudicated' for sexual assault based on the preponderance-of-evidence standard by a process lacking the most basic due process protections for the accused student.
The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical

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