Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) broke with his party on Monday, when he said that police departments, not campus tribunals, should be the ones who deal with sexual assault allegations.
From The Hill:
"Rape and assault is rape or assault whether it takes place on a campus or a dark street," he said Monday at the Black and Brown Presidential Forum in Iowa.
"If a student rapes another student it has got to be understood as a very serious crime, it has to get outside of the school and have a police investigation and that has to take place."
He added that too many schools are treating it as a "student issue" instead of referring accusations to law enforcement, and added that victims shouldn't have to be in classes with their rapists.
Sanders is exactly right on this issue. Rape is a serious crime, not a petty student offense, and rape should be treated as a serious crime by people who are trained to investigate these types of crimes.
I guess it's true that broken clocks can be right twice a day.
Petty crime? A lot of wrongfully accused men have even committed suicide because they were accused of this "petty crime". This is nothing to be cavalier about. Anyway thank you to Senator Bernie Sanders for sticking up for men and for referring "he said/she said"'s to courts of law where they belong. If fact let's contact Bernie by clicking on the link above,click on "education" and thank him for sticking up for due process.That is a big step up. Note to Republicans out there: Bernie Sanders is making a lot of sense and we're not married to the Republican Party so if you want help from MRA's to stave off Hillary it's either match Sanders offer or beat it.
And now going the other way:
We urge our readers not to vote for Senator Marco Rubio (R. Fla.). Rubio has sold out to the sexual grievance industry. He is an original co-sponsor of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act--bill S. 590, a proposed law that throws our sons under the proverbial bus in the interest of pandering to extremist women's groups. The proposed CASA refers to accusers as "victims" 59 times and as "accusers" only twice. (In an earlier version of the bill, accused students were actually called "assailants.") This is a chilling barometer of how gender extremists have seized not just the public discourse on this issue but the reigns of government. It is very disappointing that Rubio, who otherwise largely seems to eschew political correctness and group identity politics, buys into the injustices the gender extremists promote.
The bill famously affords substantial resources only to accusing students, none to students who are accused. It would require schools to provide confidential advisers to accusers without providing confidential advisers to accused students, an unmistakable signal that the federal government's goal is not to insure fair hearings but to help accusers prevail--to expel more of our sons. The penalty for schools that don't provide such advisors? According to the bill, it's based on the school's operating budget. A school like Harvard could be fined up to $42 million per year.
Perhaps the greatest of the bill's many affronts to fairness is the requirement that the persons who will decide whether our sons are expelled are to question accusers in a manner that will assure a finding of guilt. The bill calls it "victim-centered, trauma-informed interview techniques," and it requires that the school be "focused on the experience of the victim." In other words, the people who will decide whether to expel your son must be sympathetic to his accuser. The accuser's "experience" will always be that she was raped--but as even Brett Sokolow, the nation's preeminent campus victim's advocate, has conceded: "We see complainants who genuinely believe they have been assaulted, despite overwhelming proof that it did not happen," and "in a lot of these cases, the campus is holding the male accountable in spite of the evidence – or the lack thereof – because they think they are supposed to . . .." Mr. Sokolow suggesetd that mental health issues play an important role in these wrongful accusations. (As another example of the injustice that will result by focusing on the experience of the accuser--almost half of all college women think that when a woman gives a guy a "nod in agreement," that isn't enough for consent.) According to the proposed bill, the interview cannot suggest that the school is "judging" the reporting student's account of the alleged assault, even though judging is exactly what has to happen to decide whether to initiate charges and to decide guilt or innocence. The bill leaves it up to "the victim" whether she wants the interview of her accusation recorded--an interview that could destroy the life an innocent young man.
Strangely, Sen. Bernie Sanders is also a co-sponsor of this terrible bill, but statements he made earlier this week indicate he wants sexual assault claims to be decided by the police, not colleges. We fear that Sanders will "clarify" the statements he made earlier this week to say he won't dismantle the campus sexual grievance industry, but if he stands by those statements, he will be on the record as supporting fairness.
Senator Rubio's support for CASA is inexcusable. Until he backs away from it, he is no friend of the presumptively innocent.
Fucking jerkoff Rubio. He doesn't care about due process for men. Let's tell Marco Rubio that we are no fans of his.