Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yet another reason to get rid of the Department of Education.

Notre Dame to Clarify Sexual-Harassment Policies in Settlement With Education Department

Reading this article, I was struck by the absurdity of a rape victim complaining to a university that she had been assaulted by one of its students. Call the police. File a report with the people whose job it is to do something about it. Don't call the school board when an armed robber steals your cash register. Call the police.

It is easy to assume incompetence here. That someone called the university instead of the police because they were emotionally distraught and didn't know any better, or that the university felt compelled to assume responsibility for this case because its employees were incompetent or deluded. But perhaps that is not what happened here. If the girl claiming to have been assaulted did not have a case, that is to say she only had her own word to offer up as evidence, then I would not be a bit surprised if she knew this. The laws that define sexual assault as a crime specifically state that the word of the accuser alone is insufficient evidence to secure a conviction. Additional evidence is required. Why? Because justice is about the pursuit of truth. When one person has the ability to see another convicted of a heinous crime by merely accusing them of it, the result is a criminal justice system corrupted into a tool for private tyranny, the very thing it was created to prevent.

So I'm not surprised that other entities who are not so constrained are being hooked in to the issue and forced to assume responsibility for determining the truth of accusations under a compromised standard of evidence.

This is insanity acting in the service of evil, and there is no reason why the American taxpayers should be subsidizing it.

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