We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's been a hot topic in recent years. You might imagine that all young males are beasts and barbarians, but they are not. Are they horny? Of course they are, terribly and sometimes painfully so, but in Christian countries rape is still one of the most serious crimes and everybody knows it.
yes--but, is it on "the increase"? Is campus rape a good enough reason for changing the rules of evidence?
My mom used to say--you crawl into the back seat of that guy's car don't expect anyone to come and help you get out! We've come a long way baby! Now a young girl can crawl into a guy's bed after being seriously high on her choice of drugs, etc. Then wake up the next morning and maybe she didn't r e a l ly want it last night--so now, it's rape!
To repeat, if all "victims" of rape had to file their complaint with the local police and the local police only. No Campus Review, no Student Court .
With the crime going through the process of investigation, adversarial confrontation between defense lawyer and prosecutor with sworn testimony under threat of penalty for perjury. For both sides. Then maybe we would find out that there is no increase in the occurrence of campus rape.
Would agree, criminal matters are for the courts. This isn't the middle ages when Universities had extra territorial plenary powers.
However, the legal system's patriarchal heritage (I mean innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, right to confront accuser, insistence on facts, etc) leads to the conclusion that those experienced in finding footnote errors, sensitive to the needs of the oppressed should be the star chamber's judges. If this should happen to increase turnout in the election, so much the better.
The real question is, with rape and racism so prevalent and increasing on all college campuses, why are parent paying good money to subject their children to such an environment? Especially since these days there are online options that would keep the child safe from physical attack.
College presidents and administrators agree, college campuses are not places for decent people. Child rapers, date rapers, racial privilegests, but not your darling children who you've coddled and protected for 18-20 years.
The problem is, as we all know, colleges and universities on the one hand are encouraging such behavior (e.g., "College Sex Week," "How to Lose Your Virginity" seminars, etc.) and then condemning it on the other hand when the natural consequences of such encouraged behavior emerge. They don't want it in the courts where their hypocrisy will be exposed. Much easier to try the accused before a secret panel without any right to defend themselves or confront their accuser.
It's sort of like pouring gasoline on a pile of rags and then feigning shock when it catches fire.
Sometimes fathers have to step up to their daughters and say: "NO". No to lying. No to ignoring fact in favor of political acceptance. No to spending easter week in FL with their boobs hanging out and taking selfies with guys kissing their g strings. NO to all of that, we all know most dads would prefer to play the 'daddy's little girl card'. However, what has recently come to light is that those young women who are murdered by their boyfriends/husbands are quite frequently the daughters of fathers who never said "NO". Just as loudly, just as strongly, and just as adamantly as they do with their sons. Daughters need to learn that not all men are falling over sops!
The problem here is not an increase in rape cases, but a massive increase in what the ever more "sensitive" girlies perceive as being "rape" that isn't legally rape at all.
Things like a guy looking at them and smiling as they see a girl standing there in microskirt and bikini top.
Or someone inadvertently brushing past them as they stand in a cluster of chattering birdies in the middle of a narrow hallway.
Don't know about the US, but the Netherlands some 20 years ago introduced a law that makes it illegal to place a photocopier in such a way that there's less than 1 meter clearance around it. The reason? To prevent people needing to come close to women secretaries making copies while walking past.
In a society like that, is it any surprise that women start considering just being near a man as being raped?
As a college prof, let me tell you , campus rape - drunk rape - party rape- has NOT been a campus issue at all in media nor most college orientation curriculum. They are all about diversity training workshops (you know - Harvard's "check your privilege") but no one bothers to tell females they are in danger of being raped at parties if they drink too much. It's the secret "Don't Ask Don't Tell" part of college life that may be very recently brought into a national conversation. I sure hope so.
I suspect that rape on campus is NOT really on the rise.
It used to be a woman could change her mind about having sex BEFORE having sex, she could even change her mind WHILE having sex; but, she couldn't change her mind AFTER having sex, she could only have regrets.
With today's new feminist standards she can change her mind AFTER having sex by claiming that it wasn't really sex; it was really rape. THAT is what is on the rise.