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College Life, Rape and Public Discourse

There’s a major discussion happening right now about sexual assault on college campuses (i.e. it’s made the NY Times; some other posts and articles here, here, here and here).  The basic shape of the conversation can be described fairly simply:

Rape and sexual assault are already underreported crimes.  Students on college campuses are victims of rape and sexual assault on a regular basis; college campuses nationwide engage in efforts to minimize reporting of sexual assault on campus and take minimal actions against perpetrators.  New regulations are shining a light on the situation.

The consensus seems to be that colleges aren’t doing enough to protect students from sexual assault and aren’t doing enough with regard to punishing perpetrators; it seems to me the worst a college can do is expel a perpetrator and even then they run risks they may prefer to avoid.  As I think about this issue, it seems that colleges are trying to thread the needle with regard to legal liability – in the absence of specific knowledge about specific threats to a student from/by another student, they can’t take any action; they can’t expel a student because he might rape someone.  Without evidence, they can’t punish a student.  In many cases, victims can’t identify the perpetrators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Utah is the Only State Which…(Fill in The Blank)

Once again, in the context of the entire Country, Utah is special. It can only be for 2 reasons.

1. We are the MOST progressive State

2. We are the LEAST progressive State.

I guess it depends…

The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, Students For Gun-Free Schools, and the North Texas Brady Campaign held a major rally in Austin, Texas on the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech to protest state legislation to permit students to carry guns on campuses at public universities.

Watch this ABC News video, and see the press release below. Read the rest of this entry »

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