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Rape is forced sexual interaction. Rape is a felony in the US and no 18 year-old does not know that. It's a male crime. Women can seduce, and they often do quite easily because men can become aroused with little effort, but female use of force for sex is a rarity. Why on-campus rape and sexual assault is such a hot topic today I cannot figure out. From my standpoint I do not see why it should matter where you were raped.
Maybe the growth of co-education brought rape out of the shadows and onto campuses. In any event, rape and any other crime are matters for the police no matter where they occur.
College administrations need play no role in that. Colleges can, however, try to do what they used to do in the good old days: require honorable and gentlemanly behavior from the men and honorable and ladylike behavior from the women. Punishment is expulsion. Why does that sound quaint today?
"Why on-campus rape and sexual assault is such a hot topic today I cannot figure out."
You're kidding, right?
That kind of "rape" is just another hardline feminist meme set to diminish and control men!
On-campus "rape" is far too often a regret or guilt-driven reaction to a young woman's poor choices in having sexual relations ("I can't believe I slept with that creep"---usually just a poor plain-looking beta boy, rather than that hot, alpha bad boy), just as" harassment" in the workplace comes from women complaining about the office nerds or other betas coming on to her, as opposed to the sexy young VOP of sales!
Please go read some Dr Helen, before you be-clown yourself with another astonished realization that feminists are quite nasty in asserting their right to be victims.
Why not go back to the days when there were curfews at dorms for certain students (mostly freshmen)? My college had a curfew for the first 6 or 8 weeks of freshman year, and it was a good thing. Had to be in by midnight during the week and 2 am on weekends. Kept a lot of kids out of trouble while they learned how to be on their own. Also, get rid of these ridiculous 'co-ed' dorms with shared bathrooms. That is just ASKING for trouble. I remember NOT applying to certain schools b/c of this. Why would I want to share a toilet or shower with some strange 18-year-old guy I didn't know? YUCK!
Instead, they pushed this kind of close interaction on young people straight out of their parents' homes and expected no problems. Much like the military shoving men and women on to aircraft carriers and much smaller boats who assumed nothing would come of it. Just stupidity!
There is great dissonance between having a campus environment that encourages sexual contact - think "hookup culture"- and a legal system that has very inconsistent applications of sanctions on illicit sexual contact.
Interesting to see so many "experts" fail research 101 - in Virginia, all "campus police" departments at public schools are in fact fully functional civil police departments - no "rent a cops".
In other words, the security staffers are local police - with full police powers and restrictions. A number of claims made (after the article's publication) about "campus security" lead one to question the balance of the entire affair...
The question is does the city have juristiction over the property that the college owns? If they do then they also have jurisdiction over crimes commited there. But the greater issue is the decisions by panels of college students and faculty that seem to be judicial in nature. I do not see the authority that the college has to determine guilt or punishment. In my humble opinion one day a good lawyer will win a civil case and push back against the college in a way they will not like. I simply see no reason for the college to insert themselves into this issue. File charges and let the legal system work like it is supposed to.
Yes, but they answer to different paymasters, HR departments, and pressures than say, Charlottesville PD.
Part of what is getting lost is the idea that college females are worthy of more protection than mere non-college girls. This seems to derive from the idea that a college is "a community," and which tribe will make the community's rules becomes important.
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Buckley took the position, the late 70s when it came up, that you can't rape your wife. The correct charge would be assault and battery. The court went the other way, but I think that was a big mistake.
Rape, he said, is a violation of feminine modesty, which in the case of your wife is not possible.
Moving to today, feminine modesty is officially gone thanks to feminism, or such would be the narrative.
So rape mostly ought to have disappeared as well.
Instead it got defined as penetration or whatever, which misses the point of the original law, as Buckley argued.
So you have rape rape and rape, the former allowing some violated modesty to elevate it from assault.
I don't understand why colleges often have separate police forces from the county, township, city/town or whatever in which they reside. Why is crime committed on a college campus not immediately under the jurisdiction of the local law enforcement (other than campus cops). For that matter, why aren't the campus cops just a precinct of the local law enforcement? If for political reasons (or title ix, but I repeat myself) the college needs to investigate, then let them. But not without first a true investigation/prosecution by local municipal authorities.