I feel very sorry for Judith Grossman‘s son, who was recently pilloried, as so many thousands of young men have, by a college “tribunal” that supposedly investigated allegations of nonconsensual sex by his girl friend. Fortunately, this young man had a high-powered lawyer for a mother who, though a self-described feminist, did reach out to help him (with the able assistance of that horrible, conservative viper’s nest, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), and he was ultimately acquitted.
Lawyer and feminist Judith Grossman piously claims that this was her initial exposure to the dark side of her holy dogma, and she was shocked, shocked, that the system is set up not to play fair. The dreadful things she observed, presumably for the first time, were:
- no preliminary inquiry
- no presumption of innocence
- no need for “clear and convincing evidence,” just “preponderance of evidence,” this by order of the Federal government
- the allegations were a list of vague statements, not even supported by the evidence
- active suppression of all evidence that the boy might be innocent
- no right to counsel
- no right to know who the witnesses against him were
Lawyer Grossman’s conclusion:
The frightening answer is that like the proverbial 800-pound gorilla, the tribunal does pretty much whatever it wants, showing scant regard for fundamental fairness, due process of law, and the well-established rules and procedures that have evolved under the Constitution for citizens’ protection. Who knew that American college students are required to surrender the Bill of Rights at the campus gates?
Come on, Lawyer Judy, where have you been for the past 30+ years? Your son was run down by the behemoth that you had actively helped create. Treating men as criminals is the fundamental precept of your holy dogma, and the perversion of justice that you so unconvincingly claim you saw for the first time flows directly from it. Have you not read Katie Roiphe‘s The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism on Campus? That was written in 1986. Don’t you remember the immortal words of your sister-in-faith, Marilyn French? “All men are rapists, and that’s all they are,” she had famously proclaimed. That was in 1978.
Query: now that you have briefly experienced reality and helped save your son from the tribunal of little freislers, will you retreat into your make-believe world of ideologically immaculate conceptions, or will you actually stay in reality and do something to help the untold thousands of others who had been, or still are, in the same predicament as your son? Me, I’m betting on the make-believe option, but I am prepared to be pleasantly surprised.