Man-haters on a rampage
(Washington Examiner) - Last year California passed a law that defined nearly all sex on college campuses as rape unless proven otherwise. Now, in addition to making it easier to label someone a rapist for just about every sexual encounter, state legislators want to go further to ensure that accused students' lives are severely disrupted — if not ruined — by introducing mandatory minimums for their punishment.
The mandatory minimum would be a suspension of two years for students found responsible for sexual assault. But bear in mind that the burden of proof already lies with the accused, thanks to California's "yes means yes" law.
Accusers do not have to provide any proof that that they failed to give consent or were unable to consent due to incapacitation, and now a guilty finding would carry a minimum punishment under this new proposal.
First they made it easier to brand a student a rapist, and now they want to make it easier to ruin that student's life.
The legislation states that the mandatory minimum would apply to students found responsible for "rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, threat of sexual assault, and any other forms of sexual assault."
Elizabeth Woodson, Stanford University's student body president and a member of a task force that recommended changes to the school's sexual assault policy, told the Huffington Post that students found responsible should be expelled.
Students on college campuses have already discovered in recent years that they have few, if any, due process rights (absolutely none at private institutions unless the school allows). Attaching minimums without adding any due process rights will surely increase the number of lawsuits filed by suspended students. California is currently facing seven such lawsuits.
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