Kangaroo Courts on Campus

wwThere seems to be a full-court press on to get colleges to “do something” about rape on campus.

But there seems to be remarkably little attention paid to two crucial facts: (1) rape is a crime and (2) colleges are not qualified to be law-enforcement institutions.

Why are rapists not reported to the police and prosecuted in a court of law?

Apparently this is because of some college women who say that they were raped and are dissatisfied with a legal system that does not automatically take their word for it against the word of someone who has been accused and denies the charge.

There seem to be a dangerously large number of people who think that the law exists to give them whatever they want — even when that means denying other people the same rights that they claim for themselves.

Nowhere is this self-centered attitude more common than on college campuses. And nowhere are such attitudes more encouraged than by the Obama administration’s Justice Department, which is threatening colleges that don’t handle rape issues the politically correct way — that is, by presuming the accused to be guilty and not letting Constitutional safeguards get in the way.

Anything that fits the “war on women” theme is seen as smart politics in an election year. The last thing Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department is interested in is justice.

The track record of academics in other kinds of cases is not the least bit encouraging as regards the likelihood of impartial justice. Even on many of our most prestigious college campuses, who gets punished for saying the wrong thing and who gets away with mob actions depends on which groups are in vogue and which are not.

This is carried to the point where some colleges have established what they call “free speech zones” — as if they are granting a special favor by not imposing their vague and arbitrary “speech codes” everywhere on campus.

The irony in this is that the Constitution already established a free speech zone. It covers the entire United States.

Have we already forgotten the lynch mob atmosphere on the Duke University campus a few years ago, when three young men were accused of raping a stripper?

Thank heaven that case was handled by the criminal justice system, where all the evidence showed that the charge was bogus, leading to the district attorney’s being removed and disbarred.

If all the current crusades to institutionalize lynch law on campuses across the country were motivated by a zeal to protect young women, that might at least be understandable, however unjustified.

But those who are whipping up the lynch mob mentality have shown far less interest in stopping rape than in politicizing it.

Many of the politically correct crusaders are the same people who have pushed for unisex living arrangements on campus, including unisex bathrooms, and who have put condom machines in dormitories and turned freshman orientation programs into a venue for sexual “liberation” propaganda.

They laughed at old-fashioned restrictions designed to reduce sexual dangers among young people on campus. Now that real life experience has shown that these are not laughing matters, the politically correct still want their sexual Utopia, and want scapegoats when they don’t get it.

There is a price to pay for allowing unsubstantiated accusations to prevail, and that price extends beyond particular young men whose lives can be ruined by false charges. The whole atmosphere of learning is compromised when male faculty have to protect themselves from accusations by female students.

People today are amazed when I tell them about a young African woman who had just arrived in America back in 1963, and who was so overwhelmed by everything that she fell far behind in my economics class. I met with her each evening for an hour of tutoring until she caught up with the rest of the class.

There is no way that I would do that today, and there is no way that she would have passed that class otherwise. Instead, she would have returned to Africa a failure. There are many unintended consequences of lynch law policies that poison the atmosphere on campus and diminish American life in general.

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  • David

    As much as I like to harp on the liberal culture of victimhood, I gotta disagree with the author on this one. I have seen way too many stories of Universities trying to cover up sexual assaults, police bungling investigations, and victims not being taken seriously. It seems like for every case like the Duke Lacrosse team scandal their are two or three situations like what was going on at Amherst college. While the statistic of only 2% of rapes being falsely reported is almost certainly exaggerated, false reports of rape are still fairly uncommon and it is true that rape and other sexual assaults are one of the violent crimes least likely to be prosecuted. Not to mention the fact that there is still, ridiculously a backlog of processed rape kits.

    • Steve Bryant

      You aren’t disagreeing with the author, David. He is proposing to take the issue away from University management and put the responsibility for prosecuting crime where is should be; the police department.

    • cxt

      David
      If your one of the 2% I don’t think that would much comfort.
      Besides even the FBI stats–if memory serves—present the false claim rate as being higher than 2%. Other studies have concluded the same.
      I don’t disagree with you BTW. Esp on the backlog kits.
      Heather McDonald had an interesting article about this–sort of.

    • Joe The Gentile

      A study in the 80’s of alleged rape cases in US army air-force bases found that around 45% OF THESE RAPE ALLEGATIONS WERE FALSE.

      “Charles P. McDowell, a researcher in the United States Air
      Force Special Studies Division, studied the 1,218 reports of rape that were made between 1980 and 1984 on Air Force bases throughout the world (McDowell, 1985). Of those, 460 were found to be “proven” allegations either because the “overwhelming preponderance of the evidence” strongly supported the allegation or because there was a conviction in the case. Another 212 of the total reports were found
      to be “disproved” as the alleged victim convincingly admitted the
      complaint was a “hoax” at some point during the initial investigation. The researchers then investigated the 546 remaining or “unresolved” rape allegations including having the accusers submit to a polygraph. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of these complainants ADMITTED THEY HAS FABRICATED their accusation just before taking the polygraph or right after they failed the test. (It should be noted that whenever there was any doubt, the unresolved case was re-classified as a “proven” rape.) Combining this 27% with the initial 212
      “disproved” cases, it was determined that approximately 45% of the
      TOTAL RAPE ALLEGATIONS WERE FALSE.”

      Source: http://www.theforensicexaminer.com/archive/spring09/15/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Marks/1266358046 Paul Marks

    The universities are a hopeless mess – taxpayer funding (especially government backed student loans) must be ended.

    • liz

      Yes, all schools and universities should be privatized – it’s the only way to eliminate government intrusion and political indoctrination.

      • Habbgun

        If you control the campus politically you control the sciences and engineering politically as well which is always a goal of the Left since they can’t readily infiltrate mathematics.

        Rather than privatizing universities it would be better to have all knowledge delivery on the free market and not distributed through specific licensees (in this case the university).

        • Steve Bryant

          And those who control the political campus most likely will also control the process of recording history…from their perspective. You might say it’s the mother of all cover-ups, eh.

        • nomoretraitors

          “they can’t readily infiltrate mathematics”
          Give them time. They’ll think of a way

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Common core is structured to make math unteachable, and to discourage students from reading literature. Instead of reading anything that might cause them to think and to wrestle with moral issues, Obama’s education department wants to ‘prepare them for citizenship’ by having students read and analyze federal regulations.
            Huckleberry Finn, Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare, Orwell, Red Badge of Courage, Odyssey, Jane Austen — Nyet! (oops, I mean No!)
            Code of Federal Regulations, Da.

          • Habbgun

            I did say readily…..I know they are always, always trying. They still try and call sciences “male” as in “male patriarchy”.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Yoo Hoo! Steve Fair AKA uptownsteve!

    Where are youuuuuuuuuuuuu?

    • Habbgun

      If you want him to appear you have to say racism three times…… then he does that cool thing with the bees.

  • nomoretraitors

    “The last thing Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department is interested in is justice”
    Never a truer statement was uttered

    • Flitandersen_99

      What was the old Lenny Bruce line?
      “In the halls of justice the only justice is in the halls”?

  • nomoretraitors

    “Have we already forgotten the lynch mob atmosphere on the Duke University campus a few years ago, when three young men were accused of raping a stripper?”
    A follow up: The stripper (Crystal Mangum) is currently serving a 14-17 year sentence for 2nd degree murder. Of course the “mainstream” media never covered it, in contrast to George Zimmerman getting a speeding ticket being reported as breaking news at the beginning of CBS New York’s 6 pm news show.

  • cxt

    Of course the Left never learns…….the Duke case was just a conformation of their bias and pre-conceptions.
    The Left always thinks/feels that their personal POV’s ARE the most authentic reality.
    So when the facts/reality of the event don’t conform—then it is the THAT reality that must change….not their POV.

  • physicsnut

    just another way to “build a mass movement”
    probably some jerk from the Socialist Workers Party
    they always have ideas like that.

    • sandraleesmith46

      I hardly think Dr Sowell would be allowed through the door at one of those meetings! He’s far too well-known for his outspoken opposition to all for which such a group stands!

  • sandraleesmith46

    Rape is a serious problem; SO is the lax, amoral attitude promulgeted on today’s campuses! Part of orientation for ALL students needs to be that rape is NOT acceptable, and WILL be reported to police, regardless WHO the perpetrator or victim is, and then police MUST carry forward a proper investigation, again regardless who the perp or vuc may be! Too often fear of reprisals based on “race” or “gender orientation” of one or both, or worse, “celebrity status”, results in no investigation, or merely “going through the motions” of one, and too many actual rapists of all sorts go free and continue raping!

  • ArentIpretty

    The so called “war on women” pales in comparison to the war on white men. More women than men are now attending university. Where’s the parity? Oops, I better check my privilege.

  • Flitandersen_99

    Gov’t dough flooding into the education racket always acts like gasoline on the fires of the cost of education. If Big Ed knows mom& dad can get another 10% for little Johnny to go to college, guess how much the cost of college will immediately rise?