Blowing Up the Bubble: The Academy, Child Abuse, and “Rape Culture”
Bill Quick

Campus Rape Culture | Crime Statistics | Due Process

Just two years ago, Cornell stripped those accused of sexual offenses of the right to retain an attorney in University proceedings and the right to cross-examine their accusers. A student accused of a sexual offense at Cornell is now not able to directly ask the person who is making a potentially life-ruining accusation a single question about the incident. This is an inexcusable erasure of the fundamental right to confront one’s accuser, a right that has existed for all of our country’s history. Such rights are not superfluous. They protect us against arbitrary action by those who hold the levers of power.

To make matters worse, the University has dropped the standard of proof in sexual assault cases from “clear and convincing evidence” to “preponderance of the evidence.” This means that a Cornell student accused of a violent offense that is sexual in nature will not have the legal safeguards given to others whose alleged offenses were non-sexual. With the punishment being so severe and so much on the line for the accused, how can we accept such a low standard of proof?

Good Lord!  Why would any parent in their right mind send their boys to Cornell? 


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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Blowing Up the Bubble: The Academy, Child Abuse, and “Rape Culture” — 5 Comments

  1. Can someone explain something here? If adults studying at Cornell purportedly commit a sexual offense shouldn’t it be referred to law authorities and prosecuted by them, under proper constitutional protections and according to due process? In the meantime, innocent until proven guilty and Cornell should take no action either way. If after due process they are found guilty, then Cornell can take action. If found innocent, then Cornell should do nothing to the accused.

    Why has Cornell taken on the functions of a court of law?

  2. Then Sharia law or Gangsta law in certain sections of supposedly sovereign US territory can be supported under that premise as well. Can that be right?

    Ohhhh… now I get it.