"We would rather see an innocent bystander injured, maimed, or killed in a high-speed police chase than see someone get away after a lawful police stop."
I would be shocked if any self-respecting newspaper editorial board would write anything so unbalanced and so cavalierly dismissive of the innocent. That's because respect for innocent life is deeply-ingrained in the American psyche.
Except when it comes to one class of innocents.
Deep in the bowels of a mish-mash of an editorial about "Yes Means Yes" in The Daily Free Press, the student newspaper of Boston University, the following appears: "We would rather see someone falsely accused than see someone avoid coming forward for fear of retribution for wrongly accusing someone."
At Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, students are upset about the protections for the presumptively innocent provided by the proposed Safe Campus Act. According to the student newspaper, Senior Laura Uribe, co-president of Miami’s Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVES), "feels that supporters of the bill are protecting the wrong people by allowing the police to investigate the claim first." Junior Carly Coats, a former volunteer with the organization Women Helping Women, said: ". . . I understand why they support this legislation, but I think they’re trying to save the wrong people.” Further, according to the student newspaper: "Senior Magda Orlander agrees and said she feels the bill protects the wrong people."
The presumptively innocent are "the wrong people."
When it comes to the issue of sexual assault, college students have been swept up in a mass-teria of PC groupthink, and they happily march in lockstep with the fanatics who drive the sexual grievance industry and who dominate the public discourse about sexual assault. Being concerned about sexual assault is a noble impulse, but treating one class of innocent citizens as acceptable collateral damage based on gender is hate, pure and simple, and it tosses onto a scrapheap of indifference concepts that are foundational to our liberty.
It is important to add this sobering note: an appalling percentage of college women don't understand what constitutes consent, and an alarming percentage of sexual assault claims are definitively false, so the people who support the status quo on campus are the last people we ought to be listening to about sacrificing the innocent.
College students are taking their appalling cue from extremists who pretend they are the mainstream. The sexual grievance industry and their media and government enablers find it acceptable to punish innocent college men as the price of battling college rape. A United States Congressman named Jared Polis recently said that if ten men were accused of rape and there was a reasonable likelihood that only two were guilty, it would be better to "get rid of all 10." (Polis soon apologized for the hateful comment.) A much-touted survey on sexual assault in American colleges showed that college women believe, by an overwhelming margin, that it's better that innocent young men be punished for offenses they didn't commit than to allow a guilty man to go free. (Question 32) Last year, Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth College, declared that campus policies aren't going far enough to protect students. She asked: "Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?" Dartmouth defended Childress's comment. Ezra Klein suggested it would be beneficial to expel some innocent young men. The Princeton student newspaper acknowledged that more innocent men may be found guilty under the Obama administration's sexual assault standard, but not to worry--they might receive reduced punishments. (And, no, I'm not making that up.) The Columbia University Marching Band instituted a policy of expelling persons on the basis of an accusation, and said "[w]e don't care . . . ." When it was proven that the young men at Hofstra were innocent, a writer for a major New York daily declared that they got "the good scare that they well deserved." If that wasn't bad enough, the wrongly accused young men were booed when they appeared on the Steve Wilkos show.
We are in a brave new world that regards innocent young men wrongly accused of sexual assault as flotsam. Way back in 2001, Catherine Comins, then-assistant dean of student life at Vassar, spoke to Time Magazine about rape: "Comins argues that men who are unjustly accused can sometimes gain from the experience. 'They have a lot of pain, but it is not a pain that I would necessarily have spared them. I think it ideally initiates a process of self-exploration. 'How do I see women?' 'If I didn't violate her, could I have?' 'Do I have the potential to do to her what they say I did?' Those are good questions.'"
Time Magazine recognized the injustice in Comins' comment, noting that "there is an ugly element of vengeance at work here."
Sadly, that "ugly element of vengeance" has become the prevailing culture on American college campuses and the motivating impulse the people who dominate the public discourse on sexual assault in America. And college students are happily going along.