National fraternities and sororities have hired former Sen. Trent Lott to lobby for legislation that would prevent colleges from punishing students accused of sexual assault without police involvement.
The legislation Lott is pushing for would ensure due process for all college students accused of sexual violence before the school administration can hand down a punishment.
This legislation really has nothing to do with Greek life, and everything to do with ensuring the rights of all students.
But the Huffington Post, my source on the news, paints the legislation as though it limits justice for victims and ALLOWS THOSE PRIVILEGED WHITE GANGS TO GET AWAY WITH RAPE.
About that. The only thing it limits is college administrators, who have no business handling sexual assault cases, from holding all of the power in these delicate situations.
This would benefit victims, too. Lots of fraternities are shut down because of false rape accusations, but there are also lots of women who are raped without justice. The reason? Campus rape investigations are conducted by people who aren’t suited to conduct investigations. The fraternity is shut down and that’s the end of it. Every single brother is now publicly shamed as a rapist. Meanwhile, the one kid who did commit rape gets off without any legal punishment. This is what’s happening all the time on college campuses right now, and it doesn’t bring justice or peace of mind to anyone involved.
But who can we turn to that possesses the forensic resources to conduct an investigation into the most complex and challenging crime of our generation? Oh, right. THE FUCKING POLICE.
It’s a no-brainer. Let’s pass this legislation and make it mandatory for college rape cases to be dealt with by professionals. Hell, why isn’t this already a thing for all felonies?.
[via Huffington Post]