Thursday, April 4, 2013

". . . charges of sexual assault . . . in a 'he said/she said' situation are very difficult to prove in court— . . .because of the presumption of innocence. Gender equality requires equal concern for the rights of accused men."

We don't entirely agree with Cathy Young here. Everyone should be terribly concerned about eradicating sexual, and every other kind of, violence, but when an accusation is made, concern for the presumptively innocent must be the paramount concern. Blackstone's formulation requires nothing less. Here is an excerpt from Ms. Young's op-ed:
. . . charges of sexual assault involving people who knows each other in a “he said/she said” situation are very difficult to prove in court—not because of “rape culture,” but because of the presumption of innocence. Gender equality requires equal concern for the rights of accused men.

Let us, by all means, confront ugly, sexist, victim-blaming attitudes when we see them. But this can be done without promoting sexist attitudes in feminist clothing: that a woman’s word automatically deserves more weight than a man’s; that all men bear responsibility for rape and “normal” men need to be taught not to rape; or that a woman who is inebriated but fully conscious is not responsible for her actions while an equally inebriated man is.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/03/28/is_america_a_rape_culture_117710.html