Monday, December 1, 2014

Go Read it Now: The Database of Lawsuits Against Colleges and Universities Alleging Due Process and Other Violations in Adjudicating Sexual Assault

For several years, this blog has been trying to raise awareness about the plight of men and boys wrongly accused of sexual misconduct, to show that their interests are blithely ignored and that they are routinely regarded as collateral damage in the war on rape.

Nowhere has this attitude been more clearly manifested than in the open hostility to due process exhibited by our institutions of higher learning in their handling of sexual assault claims (where the accused is invariably male). This hostility is openly expressed by some women (and some men) in positions of power.

That COTWA's concerns are legitimate has been confirmed by the recent letter signed by 28 Harvard law professors voicing strong objections to their school's one-sided, feminist-inspired sexual misconduct policies, which are typical of such policies at colleges around the country. Earlier this year, the most prominent college sexual assault victim's advocate sounded a clarion call to action to address the institutionalized mistreatment of college men accused of sexual misconduct.

Perhaps the single most important resource in memorializing the witch hunt against college men accused of sex offenses is Jonathan Taylor's wonderful Database of Lawsuits Against Colleges and Universities Alleging Due Process and Other Violations in Adjudicating Sexual Assault at A Voice for Male Students. COTWA now has a permanent link to this database, and it is must-reading for young men in college or about to enter college as well as their parents. Jonathan updates it on a regular basis. Please circulate it to anyone you know who has a son in college or about to start college.

The way colleges handle sexual assault claims conjures up the surreal image of Groucho Marx, playing a college president in "Horsefeathers," as he jumps atop a table during a student assembly and dances maniacally while the brain-dead faculty instinctively prance around him. That's exactly where the current system belongs: in a Marx Brothers movie.