Former student sues Amherst College over expulsion

A former Amherst College student filed a suit against the school. The lawsuit claims that Amherst expelled the student, named “John Doe” in the suit, in an effort to appear tough on sexual assault. A female student accused Doe of assaulting her in 2012. According to the lawsuit:

“In the just six weeks from the date the complaint was filed against him, the plaintiff found himself held guilty of assault, expelled from the college, ejected from the campus and branded a sex offender, with his entire future in ruins,” the suit states, in part. “The actions taken by the defendants resulted from a deeply flawed investigatory and disciplinary process during which the plaintiff was denied the most rudimentary elements of fairness promised to him by Amherst in its Student Handbook.”

This is typical of many college sexual assault proceedings. The accused have little to no recourse. They are not allowed representation, not allowed to confront the accuser, not allowed to present counter evidence, and not allowed much of any defense. It is purely up to the judging panel whether the student will face any consequence.

Yet it is curious how anyone could expel the Doe considering the facts. For instance, the woman accusing Doe filed the complaint 21 months after the alleged incident occurred. She gave varying accounts of what happened, initially claiming that the oral sex was non-consensual, then claiming that it began as consensual but became non-consensual later. She claimed she never wrote down any details about the event, including text messages, yet said text messages surfaced. They contradict the woman’s claims about the timing of the alleged assault and the nature of the interaction between her and Doe.

That evidence alone makes this woman’s claims at least questionable. What makes this case different is one other pesky problem: John Doe was blacked out when his accuser performed oral sex on him.

In other words, the accuser is the actual rapist. Continue reading

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14 years in prison for Wollaton paedophile who filmed sex acts with young boys — Child molester Steven Peck has been jailed for 14 years after admitting he groomed young boys for sex. Over a seven-year period, he befriended three youngsters, plying them with gifts and taking them on days out, while abusing them – at venues including Wollaton Park. It was only when one of the victims told his grandmother two years ago that the crimes came to light.

Boys bear the pain alone – Sexual assault of males under-reported — As more agencies turn their searchlight on sexual abuse of the country’s young girls, there is an increasingly loud call for more emphasis to be placed on boys who are victims of sexual abuse. According to Everton Hannam, chairman of the National Parent-Teacher Association in Jamaica, he was very disappointed that there appears to be no overwhelming drive towards identifying and assisting male victims.

Child sex abuse claims shake United Nations — The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn’t quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, “until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad.” Another boy, 9, said he thought the soldiers had been urinating. Continue reading

This is why we can’t have nice things

One of the common mantras used by the far left is that we as a society “need” something. This thing typically is not an actual necessity. It is never food, water, air, clothing, education, or the like. It is usually something trivial and pertains to the progressive ideology. For example, take Bustle’s recent article titled Why Being A Geek Also Means Being A Feminist, Because Why Should Guys Have All The Fun?

Shaun Fitzpatrick regales readers with her insights about the importance of feminism in the geek community. One knows it will be a rather pedantic escapade when an article begins with:

As I write this, I am currently wearing a button down, a pair of suspenders, and have a bow-tie and fez in my backpack (I’m waiting to get out of work and dress up for a Doctor Who exhibit at a local spot). I feel a little bit like Clark Kent, hiding my nerdy superpowers from an office full of unsuspecting co-workers. Not that I’m really that interested in hiding. I am a geek, a fangirl, a card carrying, feels-having, obsessive devotee toward a select group of shows, movies, and books that have captured my heart and imagination and make me incapable of shutting up if someone mentions them in my presence.

But I’m also a pretty outspoken feminist, which at times can seem like a conundrum.

It is a conundrum, although not for the reason Fitzpatrick thinks. The issue is the “but” in her sentence. The word “but” is a term of negation. It implies that the clause preceding it is untrue in part or in whole. By stating that she is a geek, but also a feminist, Fitzpatrick implies that being a geek is anathema to being a feminist. I would agree. The two do not go well together. Fitzpatrick explains why: Continue reading

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As Another Accusation Bites the Dust, Columbia Rape Saga Takes New Turn — This week’s graduation at Columbia University caps the bizarre, often sordid saga involving the two most famous members of the Class of 2015: Emma Sulkowicz, the activist who protested the school’s alleged mishandling of her alleged rape by carrying a mattress around campus, and Jean-Paul Nungesser, the German scholarship student she accuses of raping her.

Boys and men are also survivors of sexual abuse — A recent televised interview by veteran journalist Barbara Walters of “20/20” did a huge disservice to male victims of sexual abuse. Throughout the interview with Mary Kay Letourneau and her now-husband, Walters repeatedly referred to the child rape as a “relationship” and an “affair.”

Florida lags in complying with national standards on prison rape — Epidemic. That’s a good word to describe Florida when it comes to sexual crimes perpetrated on inmates behind bars. And although we’ve been concentrating on Jacksonville’s jail, the statewide prison system is perhaps more dangerous for inmates. It has, for example, the dubious distinction of tying with Texas for having the most prisons with high rates of staff sexual misconduct and inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Continue reading

Survivors UK funding cut despite 120% rise in male victim reporting

Survivors UK, the United Kingdom’s largest support service for men, lost its state funding. According to reports, the group previously received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice. This changed when the Mayor of London’s office took over:

But since Survivors UK’s funding for counselling was switched from being dispensed by the Ministry of Justice’s victims’ fund to being distributed by the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime last year, the charity has not had its funding renewed. It was given £33,666 for a six month period by the Mayor’s office, and as of 31 March this year the funding has stopped. It has since launched a petition on Change.org to re-instate its funding.

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime said there has been “no cut in funding for services to support male victims of abuse. In fact, we are investing over £4.1million in specialist services for all victims of domestic and sexual violence by 2016. This includes male victims”.

“The Mayor welcomes additional funding from the Ministry of Justice for a number of organisations working with victims in London, including Survivors UK.”

But Michael May at Survivors UK told The Independent that since learning that the funding would not be renewed, the charity has constantly been in contact with the Mayor’s office and has “heard nothing,” adding that there has been “no indication” that its £70,000 per year will be reinstated.

This decision comes after a 120% increase in reports from male victims of sexual violence in London: Continue reading

In Defense of Bigotry

It did not take long for a feminist to rally behind Bahar Mustafa. I mentioned in my prior post that Mustafa faces criticism, job termination, and potential criminal charges as a result of hate-speech she used on Twitter. Mustafa defended her use of the hashtag #killallwhitemen by claiming they were “in-jokes and ways that many people in the queer feminist community express ourselves.”

Keep in mind that Mustafa is Goldsmiths’ University union’s welfare and diversity officer. Her job is to be unbiased. Her job is to speak out against in-jokes told at other groups’ expense. To claim that the jokes are acceptable because of past wrongs is illogical and indefensible.

Enter Slate’s Amanda Hess: Continue reading

Police investigating Bahar Mustafa over her #killallwhitemen hashtag

According to the London Evening Standard:

Police have launched an investigation into a students’ union diversity officer alleged to have tweeted the hashtag “kill all white men”.

Goldsmiths’ University union’s welfare and diversity officer Bahar Mustafa sparked a race row by asking white people not to attend an event on diversifying the curriculum.

A petition calling for her to be removed from her job on the union then alleged she used “hate speech” on social media.

She had previously defended her position by saying that minority women could not be racist.

How best to express my opinion of this? Continue reading