The Law and Campus Rape

With recent press attention, it seems like incidents of campus rape are becoming an epidemic. Some say we are not doing enough to address it; others say that the effort to get affirmative consent for sex on campus is unrealistic. When the Justice Department, US Senate, and White House recently decided to hold universities accountable to address complaints, victims’ rights were pushed to the forefront. Yet the dramatic unraveling of a gang rape accusation at the University of Virginia is only one such reminder that we had better keep the standard of “innocent until proven guilty” well in our consideration. Is the university courtroom really the right battleground to adjudicate sexual assault?

Festival: 2015

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