The tide is turning in the “Believe Her” Wars.
John Doe and Jane Roe met at a fraternity party. The two, both referred to with common legal pseudonyms, danced and drank. Then they went upstairs to John’s room, where they had sex. Two days later, Jane filed a sexual misconduct charge against John, contending that she had been too drunk to consent. John disagreed.
After several months of investigation, the University of Michigan found for Jane. John was forced to withdraw from the university, just 13.5 credits shy of graduating.
But then John took a step that is becoming more common among students who believe they have been harmed by tough policies aimed at combating campus sexual assault. He hired a lawyer and took the university to court, maintaining his innocence and charging the school had denied him even the rudiments of due process, specifically the right to question or cross-examine his accuser.
And in the preliminary legal skirmishing that has taken place so far, a federal appeals court thunderously rejected the university’s motion to dismiss John’s lawsuit.
“When it comes to due process, the ‘opportunity to be heard’ is the constitutional minimum,” Judge Amul Thapar wrote in a majority decision. “If a student is accused of misconduct, the university must hold some sort of hearing before imposing a sentence as serious as expulsion or suspension, and … that hearing must include an opportunity for cross-examination.”
This is a very interesting piece. However, every time I read something related to the “consent wars” I can’t help but think, “if more people would train their sons and daughters in chastity, sobriety, and self-control, we’d see far fewer accusations and lawsuits.” Not to mention fewer unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
Leftists tell us that abstinence is impossible, but their “solutions” lead to dead ends, sometimes literally in the cases of abortion.
I’m hesitant to suggest that we revert to the time when young women were socially shamed for unchastity — while men were not — or when shotgun weddings were the rule rather than the exception. (Do those ever happen anymore in the United States?)
I wonder, however, if any of these men and women, in the aftermath of the “hook-up,” the rape accusation, the expulsion, and the lawsuit ever think,
Maybe I should lead my life differently from now on, according to a different standard. A different principle. Because this one really blew up in my face.
I hope so. That’s called repentance; doing a 180 and walking in the opposite direction.
It can be done. I know.
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