Monday, February 6, 2012

Yale's bramble bush of sexual assault policies creates confusion

For a long time, two of the primary missions of the sexual grievance industry have been to raise awareness about sexual assault and to make reporting it easier. Each year, more and more and more precious tuition and tax resources are poured into schools to do those very things, even though, as Heather MacDonald put it, "it’s a lonely job, working the phones at a college rape crisis center. Day after day, you wait for the casualties to show up from the alleged campus rape epidemic—but no one calls."

The result of these policies is Yale. Yale has poured so much money into these efforts that they've created a perplexing morass of sexual assault aids. Instead of raising awareness, they've created confusion. Instead of making reporting easier, their bureaucracies are off-putting to victims.

If a student at Yale claims she is the victim of sexual misconduct, she can avail herself of any of the following:
Title IX coordinators in each of the University’s schools.
Yale Police Department.
Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education Center (SHARE).
The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC).
●New Haven Police Department.
But, according to the Yale Daily News, many students say the abundance of resources "does not provide a clear path for those wishing to file a sexual harassment complaint." A number of students interviewed "said they are still not completely familiar with the resources available for addressing sexual misconduct."
George Ramirez ’15 said that during the mandatory freshman workshops on communication and consent, the information he was provided "did not significantly simplify the process." He summed it up:  "There were too many resources."

“Peter Lake, director for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University, said it is possible to “overwarn” and “desensitize” people to critical issues by offering too many resources.

Wouldn't the best policy promote simplicity?  But, then again, if you need to spend someone else's money in order to justify your existence, what better way to do that than to create more and more policies, and more and more bureaucracies that take on lives of their own?

The only people who suffer are actual rape victims.