Professor KC Johnson is speaking at Ohio University tonight. Who is KC Johnson? He's the guy whose blog played a pivotal role in exposing the injustices of the Duke lacrosse false rape case. Without his efforts in shining a light on the atrocity, it's anyone's guess whether justice would have prevailed. How influential was Prof. Johnson's blog? After the three young lacrosse players were declared “innocent” by the state’s attorney general amid a media circus, one of the young men, Reade Seligmann, issued a statement in which he thanked Professor Johnson for his efforts.
Professor Johnson ought to be treated as hero tonight. Sadly, that may not happen. The Post, a student-run newspaper serving Ohio University, wrote that Professor Johnson's presentation "will likely center around his core view that those accused of sexual assault on college campuses are not given the same rights of due process as those accused of other crimes." It added that Johnson's appearance "is likely to be controversial and incite a wide range of reactions from students."
"Controversial"? Seriously? It will "incite a wide range of reactions"?
How is affording male students due process even remotely controversial? Are the students at Ohio University so ill-informed that they are blissfully unaware of the mushrooming of litigation initiated by college men claiming due process violations after being accused of college sex offenses? Do they not know that colleges pay a lot of money to settle suits filed by men who claim they were wrongly punished for sex offenses? Have they not read the landmark letter published in the Boston Globe last October signed by 28 Harvard law professors -- mostly liberals -- that voiced very strong objections to one-sided, feminist-inspired sexual misconduct policies? Prof. (Alan Dershowitz said: “These rules are written to preclude a defense” for accused students.) Did they not see that even The New York Times now says there is another side to the college rape story? Or that a Yale law professor took up the same theme in the New York Times? Did they read law Prof. Glenn Reynolds biting piece in USA Today where he called the alleged rape epidemic the "college rape hoax"? Did they see that law Prof. John Banzhaf said that illegals crossing the border have more rights than college men accused of rape? Do they not know that feminist Brett Sokolow, who has done more to shape the sexual assault landscape on American college campuses than any person outside the Department of Education, chimed in? Among many other things, Sokolow said that "in a lot of these cases, the campus is holding the male accountable in spite of the evidence – or the lack thereof – because they think they are supposed to, and that doing so is what [the Department of Education] wants."
So, please, enlighten me. How is affording students due process in any sense controversial?
Actually, I know the answer. Due process is controversial because it is seen as an impediment to the war to eradicate the college rape "epidemic." I mean, horrors! We are actually going to subject a rape accusation to a fair hearing?! To idealistic college students, it's "either/or," and they can't fathom how a school could possibly battle rape while affording basic fairness to men accused of rape. It's the same attitude that emboldened Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth College, to declare: "Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?"
Standing up for due process rights has never been an easy, or a popular, endeavor. College students generally march in lockstep to the PC group-think of their moral superiors, the campus anti-rape activists. When it comes to choosing between political correctness and due process, college students are going to opt for political correctness every time -- because they are essentially still children who gravitate to conformity and cave in to peer pressure, their wrongly accused male classmates be damned.