Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jed Rubenfeld Analyzes Campus Rape Issues

Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld analyzed the challenges of addressing the issue of rape on college campus in a November 15, 2014 piece in the New York Times titled "Mishandling Rape." In it, Rubenfeld writes,

OUR strategy for dealing with rape on college campuses has failed abysmally. Female students are raped in appalling numbers, and their rapists almost invariably go free. Forced by the federal government, colleges have now gotten into the business of conducting rape trials, but they are not competent to handle this job. They are simultaneously failing to punish rapists adequately and branding students sexual assailants when no sexual assault occurred.

We have to transform our approach to campus rape to get at the root problems, which the new college processes ignore and arguably even exacerbate.