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SAVE PRESS RELEASE — ACADEMIA REBELS AGAINST THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT FOR MEN

August 24, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Wendy McElroy, 301-801-0608, wmcelroy@saveservices.org

ACADEMIA REBELS AGAINST THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT FOR MEN

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 / U.S. Newswire / — Stop Abusive and Violent Environments is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to rescind a controversial directive. The new DED rule forces persons to abandon their due process rights to get an education. Such persons are considered “guilty until proven innocent” whenever an on-campus sexual accusation occurs.

On April 4, the DED Office of Civil Rights instructed every university that accepts federal funds to use a “preponderance (51%) of evidence” standard in evaluating allegations of sexual offense, including rape. An accuser only needs to ‘tip the scales’ for a professor or student to be found “guilty.”

But the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is now objecting. The group wants sexual accusations to be judged by a higher standard than traffic courts use for parking tickets.

On June 27, Gregory Scholtz, AAUP’s Director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance wrote to DED to protest the “lower standard of proof” that threatens “academic freedom and tenure.”

Then on August 18, AAUP’s Chair of the Committee on Women expressed concern about the “potential for accusations, even false ones, to ruin a faculty member’s career.” Backlash from two separate units of the AAUP is remarkable. Their recognition of false accusations is extraordinary.

“People lie for many reasons including revenge and shame; people also make mistakes. This is why courts presume an accused to be innocent and place the burden of proof on the accuser,” explains SAVE spokesman Phil Cook. “Hard evidence and due process are all the more important in sexual cases that often devolve to ‘he said, she said.’”

As a result of the DED directive, campuses are already beginning to reverse the presumption of innocence. Based on questionable data, men are assumed to be predators and women are said to “never lie” about issues like rape.  By lowering the standards of justice, the OCR is encouraging false accusations.

SAVE applauds the AAUP for its courage in demanding the OCR rescind its April 4th mandate. SAVE urges college student parents to contact the Department of Education to demand for due process for all.

The SAVE letter to the Department of Education can be seen here: http://www.saveservices.org/wp-content/uploads/OCRLetter.pdf. SAVE is a national victim advocacy organization working for evidence-based solutions to domestic violence.

NCFM NOTE: If you have read the post immediately before this one you may have noticed that there’s a difference of opinion as to whether the AAUP should be applauded for their efforts, though clearly a clap or two may be in order. Otherwise we are in total agreement with the SAVE press release.

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3 Responses to SAVE PRESS RELEASE — ACADEMIA REBELS AGAINST THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT FOR MEN

  1. David Currie on August 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    DOE is sex discriminative, where an allegation is not robustly investigated for truth, DOE neglects equal support/protection for male victims of female false alligations.

    Recommended reading : search: a1davedi@aol.com : read contents and consider
    Women only victims, men only perpetrators? Gender Discrimination? : and other relivent contents.

    Recommended reading : search: a1davedi@aol.com : read contents and consider
    Women only victims, men only perpetrators? Gender Discrimination? : and other relivent contents.

  2. Ray2447 on August 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    A lot more male students and Instructors will become outraged as their rights are trampled by this new misandrist policy. This new policy from the Obama administration, DOE is just one more reason why colleges and universities are sexist, hostile environments against men. This new policy is an increase in the witch-hunting of males that has already been going on in our educational system as a result of the Stalinist, gender feminist ideology trying to impose its perverted model of male gender roles. This new policy is just one more facet of the witch-hunting of males that goes on in Western society as shown in "Witch-Hunting Males" at Youtube. http://tinyurl.com/65dpzwu

    • David Currie on August 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Your comment is correct, DOE is sex discriminative, where an allegation is not robustly investigated for truth, DOE neglects equal support/protection for male victims of female false alligations.

      Recommended reading : search: a1davedi@aol.com : read contents and consider
      Women only victims, men only perpetrators? Gender Discrimination? : and other relivent contents.

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