by Greg Krehbiel on 16 June 2014
SB 967 would require schools to take disciplinary action against all students deemed more likely to have committed a sexual offense than not.
If you’re an advocate for some cause, you want to find scary statistics to show why everybody else should be concerned about your cause or, better yet, give you money to fight for it. This tends to result in “statistics inflation.” Suddenly an enormous percentage of people are said to have X, do Y, or suffer under Z.
Sexual assault is a bad thing and should be prosecuted, but everybody who can do simple math knows that the numbers that are trotted out to justify the latest bill or policy change are a bunch of nonsense.
To address the problem of sexual assault, campuses across America are shutting down co-ed dorms and not allowing men into women’s dorms (or vice versa) after 10:00.
I’m joking, of course. That’s what they would do if they had any sense.
Rather, under pressure from the Obama administration they are enforcing ridiculous standards for their investigations into complaints of sexual harassment. A college student is no longer guilty until proven innocent. The new standard is “more likely than not.”
But if you believe the statistics the advocates give us, something like 1 in 5 men are guilty of sexual harassment. With a little bit of work (trimming off the under 12 and over 60 crowd, taking a few surveys and talking up the dangerous effects of testosterone in young men) you could probably “prove” that it’s more like 5 out of 9 when you’re talking about college boys.
So once this “more likely than not” standard is in place, won’t college boys be presumed guilty?
-- 2014-06-16 » Greg Krehbiel