By Amy Alkon
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“Innocence Is Not A Defense”: Young Men On Campus Are Getting An Unexpected Education
Male and accused of rape at Harvard? You did it.
The TIME article quoting Harvard law prof Alan Dershowitz is behind a paywall, but here’s his quote:
“Harvard’s policy was written by people who think sexual assault is so heinous a crime that even innocence is not a defense.”
In fact, a defense is not even possible. Here’s how it worked at Vassar, from Riversong:
Peter Yu, a Vassar student accused of sexually assaulting a female student last year, wasn’t allowed legal representation during the college’s investigation of his case, according to his lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, an attorney with Nesenoff & Miltenberg in New York. As a non-native English speaker from China, Yu wasn’t able to tell his story, according to a suit citing Title IX violations filed against the college.
“If you were a senior in college and had paid $200,000 for your education and were hoping to go to medical school, would you want to put all that on the line without a lawyer?” Miltenberg, who maintains his client’s innocence, said in a telephone interview.
Yu was expelled in March. Vassar officials declined to comment.
Here’s how it worked for a young wrestler:
Assault on young men on college campuses: a father’s perspective
My son, Corey Mock was accused of sexual assault by a young lady named Molly Morris [she had published her name previously] while at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the Spring of 2014. I am not writing this to defend my son; the truth is, no one really cares – that’s life. I am writing this because I don’t want to ever read about this happening to another wrestler again.
My son asked Molly Morris if she wanted to go into the bedroom; she said “yes”. They both lay in the bed and began kissing. He removed her pants and performed oral sex. At some point, he stopped to remove his clothes and she removed her bra. He climbed on top of her and after having some trouble entering her, she reached down and guided him inside her. At NO TIME during this encounter did Ms. Morris communicate in any way that she did not wish to engage in sexual activity, verbal or otherwise. She does not dispute that any of these details happened, she merely says she does “not remember” (a toxicology exam a day later was negative confirming there was no drug …Click Here To Read The Full Story >>>