Bulletin Board v289

Boys’ boarding school Teacher Alan Morris had sex with pupils at Bethany School in Curtisden Green, Goudhurst — A teacher comforted a boy who was being bullied at a private boarding school but then sexually abused him while plying him with alcohol, a court heard. Alan Morris also had sex sessions with another boy in a shower after they played squash together. Now 71, he denied committing the historic abuse at Bethany School in Curtisden Green, Goudhurst, but was convicted.

Defining rape as gender neutral — Under section 375 of the Penal Code of Bangladesh, 1860; rape occurs when a man has sexual intercourse with a woman under one of the circumstances like, against her will, without her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her in fear of death, or of hurt. The rape also occurs in the situation like when a man approaches with her consent and he knows that he is not her husband, and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married, with or without her consent, when she is under fourteen years of age.

Former church youth volunteer pleads guilty to sexual abuse, facing 171-489 years in prison — A former Bluefield church youth volunteer pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges he sexually abused teen boys. Timothy Probert, 57, of Princeton, pleaded guilty to 37 charges, including first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one count of delivery of a controlled substance. Continue reading

Turning the table on “safe spaces”

In a move of pure ironic comupence, Ohio State officials responded to student protestors by using their own tactics against them:

At Ohio State last week, a sit-in and protest inside a university building was cut short when students were warned that they would be forcibly removed by police, arrested, and possibly expelled if they did not vacate the premises within a few hours, by 5 a.m.

This was inevitable. I doubt teachers and facility were genuinely afraid the students would harm them (although given the intensity of the protests it will eventually happen). This was likely a method of getting the students out of the way.

It is a brilliant move as it not only shows the ridiculousness of the “safe space” argument, but it also allows students to feel what it is like to fall under unfair suspicious.

Perhaps the most entertaining part is that the students technically violated the school’s policy. This means that the school was within their right to send the students away. From the school’s messenger: Continue reading

The Slippery Slope of Consent Laws

I am not a fan of slippery slope arguments. Far too often people see something they do not like and assume the absolute worst possibility with no evidence. Yet sometimes these arguments are fair. One such instance is the argument against consent laws.

Feminists have pushed these laws for years. They have been most successful on college campuses. Many colleges and universities now institute policies that essentially require the accused to prove no assault occurred. Often included in these policies are provisions that require other parties to act on behave of the alleged victim.

A recent case shows the inherent problem with these provisions: Continue reading

Hearing the unheard

The Honey Badgers interviewed Warren Farrell again. The conversation wavers between topics. I found one exchange interesting.

Warren Farrell described a men’s group he hosted at his home during his time with the National Organization of Women. The group was meant to give men a space to share their feelings. Farrell found, however, that after a couple of hours the men would shut down and want to leave. Farrell found this confusing, but continued the group. Eventually he began to record the meetings and while watching the playback he noticed something he had missed.

Rather than listening to the men and allowing them to explain their feelings on their own terms, Farrell would cut in and tell the men what they felt and why they felt it. He would parse their experiences through a feminist lens, ignoring the men’s own interpretations.

I find that this occurs in many spaces run by feminist men. Feminists seem less interested in what men actually feel and experience than they are confirming their own theories and biases. When a man says something that runs contrary to those views, feminists ignore or downplay it. This is particularly true in male feminist spaces where these men have a greater need to prove their feminist credentials. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v121

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Alleged rape victims sue University of Tennessee over respecting due process

Several women allegding sex assault filed a lawsuit against their school for creating an alleged hostile environment:

Six women filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday claiming the University of Tennessee has created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes, especially football players, and then uses an unusual, legalistic adjudication process that is biased against victims who step forward.

They cite dozens of examples in the suit, most of which have nothing to do with their specific cases and are not sex offences. The group argues, however, that the school’s permissive attitude created an environment that promoted the alleged sexual assaults.

One could make such an argument. Many schools do have separate standards for student athletes, and it is not uncommon for such students to get a pass when they behave badly. It is possible that this would include instances of sex offences.

Where the lawsuit gets bizarre is in the the last accusation:

The plaintiffs say that UT’s administrative hearing process, which is utilized by public universities across the state, is unfair because it provides students accused of sexual assault the right to attorneys and to confront their accusers through cross-examination and an evidentiary hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The administrative law judge who hears the case is appointed by Cheek, the lawsuit says.

In other words, it is unfair to provide accused students their right to due process. They should not be allowed to question their accusers. They should not be allowed to defend themselves. They should not be allowed to even see the evidence against them. This is “unfair” to the accusers.

The reason this appears in the lawsuit is because some of the cases in Tennessee have been dismissed due to lack of evidence. This lack of evidence would only come out found during evidentiary hearing or if the accused could question the accuser. As noted in another article:

It’s worth remembering why UT is not rushing to judgment: Its Chattanooga administration’s adjudication of an accused student got swatted down by a judge last summer, who said the burden of proof was on the school to show that (surprise) a student athlete didn’t obtain consent from his accuser. In other words, “affirmative consent” is not legally enforceable. […] This is what the group of six rape accusers want to end – a procedure that puts complainant (accuser) and respondent (accused) on the same legal footing. Where accusations don’t equal guilt. Where there’s not a predetermined result to satisfy a federal witch hunt backed by financial threats.

This is ridiculous and unethical. While it is understandable to decry a school protecting its student athletes (who are often the people the schools use to make money), it is indefensible to argue that we should remove due process because sometimes the accuser’s story does not parse. Yet this is the stage we have reached, where accusers and their supporters will trample other people’s rights for the sake of protecting someone else’s rights.

We will see whether the lawsuit continues. It is difficult to see how it this will go forward given the nature of the accusations. The complainants are essentially arguing the school acted improper by not violating the accused’s constitutional rights. 

Bulletin Board v282

Attorney: St. George’s School trying ‘to silence victims’ in sex abuse case — Past and present St. George’s School administrators have attempted “to silence victims” to “prevent a scandal” over accusations of systemic sexual abuse dating to the 1970s and 1980s, says an attorney for three St. George’s alumni who are pressing the issue. Attorney Eric MacLeish spoke in advance of a news conference Tuesday at which he and three women who say they were sexually victimized in the 1970s by the school’s former athletic trainer Al Gibbs, are scheduled to release a rebuttal to a Dec. 23, 2015, report by St. George’s School.

Children’s home former head and ex-chaplain jailed for sex abuse of boys — A former head of a children’s home run by a Catholic order who has already served 21 years in prison for sexually abusing boys has been jailed for a further nine years. James Carragher was head from 1976 to 1990 of St William’s – an approved school for boys with behavioural problems in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, run by the Catholic De La Salle order. Carragher, 75, was jailed for seven years in 1993 and a further 14 years in 2004 for offences he committed at St William’s.

Colo. Man Who Spent 28 Years in Prison for Rape After Woman Claimed His Face Came to Her in a Dream Is Freed — In 1988 a Colorado man was convicted of raping a woman. The victim, according to the Associated Press, had been out drinking the night in August 1987 when she was attacked. When she reported the assault to police, she initially named a different man as her attacker (who would later say that he had sex with her that night). But the next day, while in the hospital, the woman claimed that a neighbor, Clarence Moses-EL, had attacked her and that his face came to her in a dream. Continue reading

The Rubin Report: Peter Boghossian

Dave Rubin interviewed Peter Boghossian, author and philosophy instructor at Portland State University. The interview revolved around religion and politics, but largely focused on the antics of progressives (or as Rubin and Boghossian state “regressives”). Boghossian discussed the situation he faces at his school, most notably that he was told that due to his political views he would never receive tenure regardless of his achievements.

He recounted an incident in one of his classes in which a student complained about because Boghassian made the horrendous mistake of being surprised that another student had never heard of Star Trek. He also mentioned that he warned students before a particular class that what he would discuss would be offensive. It speaks to the absurdity of the situation that any teacher would have preface the lesson with “This’ll probably offend you” as they proceed to speak about the most benign things. Watch the video for more examples of progressive stupidity. Continue reading