There’s been a debate/conversation (I still have a problem with using conversation when referring to Twitter) about a recent post by one of The Usual Suspects.
If you haven’t read the post, you can find it here. I won’t even delve into a lot of the specifics of the post because there are some incredulous statements within.
My personal opinion on the blog itself is this: It’s not okay if some innocents are judged guilty of sexual assault or rape by a university kangaroo court in order to promote an agenda of a problem with those on campus.
To me, it would be the same as saying, “Well, it’s okay if we put a couple of people that may be innocent to death because, well, it sends a message.” Ummm, no. And this is not an apples and oranges argument.
When a person is innocent they are just that; even some administrative judgment may be devastating to the future of that young person. It’s going to be in the school record. Sure, mistakes are made as they are in our criminal justice system, but those mistakes are not generally made due to hearsay evidence.
Colleges and universities do not have the right to jeopardize anyone’s future based on what has amounted in some cases as purely hearsay evidence. Let me be clearer, in case you don’t get the point: if criminal activity has occurred, that activity, those allegations, should be investigated by the competent civil authority and not by a “council” of students. Serious crimes, if proven, should be punished by those authorities. These are the people have the training and ability (oh yeah, and the only one’s with legal authority) to determine whether or not a crime has been committed.
Currently, there are several lawsuits against colleges and universities of students being suspended, even expelled, when no criminal charges were ever brought against said persons. Why were there no charges? The civil authority found no evidence of a crime being committed. Don’t believe me? Look here.
What we have here is a system having been implemented across our colleges and universities that ignore the basic constitutional protections of the accused. Many times, in order to expedite the process, the allegations are never brought before the civil authority. Image that. Rape and sexual assault charges are never filed formally.
But according to the post mentioned above, it should be the accusers’ rights that are given preferential treatment. How about this: neither gets more or less than their constitutional rights. Let the judicial system run its course.
I’ll post more on this a bit later today as I really have more to say about this subject. I just don’t want to go on forever in a single blog post.